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Pirates ace Gerrit Cole dealing with inflammation in right rib

Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole has inflammation around a right rib and currently is limited to throwing off flat ground, the team announced Friday.

Cole suffered the injury during a training session last month. Pirates trainer Todd Tomczyk told reporters Friday that the injury has limited Cole in his work at spring training.

"It's just a modified throwing program at this point," Cole told reporters. "I'm not too far behind everybody else, but I feel good."

Cole will not throw any bullpen sessions or pitch from an elevated mound until the Pirates determine that he is recovered from the injury.

Cole, 25, went 19-8 with a 2.60 ERA and was a first-time All-Star last season.