Gerrit Cole of the Yankees celebrates after defeating the Dodgers at Yankee Stadium...

Gerrit Cole of the Yankees celebrates after defeating the Dodgers at Yankee Stadium on June 9. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Gerrit Cole's return to the Yankees' rotation is set.

The Yankees ace and reigning American League Cy Young winner is scheduled to take the mound for his season debut Wednesday against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium, manager Aaron Boone said Monday on the “Talkin' Yanks” podcast.

Cole has been out since spring training with nerve inflammation and edema in his right elbow.

Cole made three rehab assignments earlier this month.  He threw 45 pitches in his first start on June 4 and 57 in his second on June 9, both at Double-A Somerset. He threw 70 pitches Friday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, striking out 10 over 4 1/3 innings while giving up two hits and allowing an unearned run.

Cole struck out 19 and walked none over 12 1/3 innings in three minor-league rehab outings.

He made his only spring training start on March 1, then was told to rest. He began throwing bullpen sessions on May 4.

Cole was a unanimous winner of last year's AL Cy Young Award after going 15-4 with 222 strikeouts while leading the AL in ERA (2.63) and innings (209).

A six-time All-Star, Cole is in the fifth season of a nine-year, $324 million contract that pays $36 million annually. He has the right to opt out after the season and become a free agent, but if he opts out the Yankees can void the opt-out by adding a guaranteed $36 million salary for 2029.

With AP

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