New York Yankees: Pitcher Bartolo Colon To Start On Saturday New York Yankees: Pitcher Bartolo Colon To Start On Saturday New York Yankees: Pitcher Bartolo Colon To Start On Saturday
 

New York Yankees: Pitcher Bartolo Colon To Start On Saturday

New York Yankees ace Bartolo Colon has been on the 15-day DL (disabled list) since June 11th.Colon was dealing, allowing just two hits into the 7th inning that Saturday. It was obvious by his hobbling on a routine grounder to first base, against the Cleveland Indians that something was wrong. It was later diagnosed as a strained left hamstring.

Well, according to the New York Daily News Yankee fans might not have to wait much longer before Colon is back on the bump. Right now it is looking like Colon could rejoin the team as soon as this Saturday, making his first start in Citi Field in the second game of this weekend’s Subway Series vs. the Mets.

This past Monday, Colon threw 60 pitches in a simulated game down in Tampa and looked really good. He posted 15 pitches in each of the four innings, fanning three and allowing just two hits.

First, Colon has to get the green light after his Wednesday check-up by team doctors in New York. If all is good, it looks like the Yankees are confident enough after Colon said he could have thrown a lot longer in the simulated game to let him return without making a rehab start in the minors.

MLB.com reported what Yankees skipper Joe Girardi had this to say about Colon’s situation, preceding Tuesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers up in the Bronx:

“I mean, there’s always a little bit of concern, but he hurt [his left leg] covering first base. If he’s healthy, and we feel that he’s ready to go, there’s a chance he’s going to go out there and pitch.”

So far Colon has been phenomenal in the pinstripes. In his 10 Yankee starts, Colon is posting a 5-3 record, with a 3.10 ERA, allowing 27 earned runs, nine homers, with 72 strike outs, and a total of 78 innings pitched. He also threw a complete game, shutout and was well on his way again before he got hurt.

It will be nice to get minor league journeyman Brian Gordon out of the rotation. Gordon could be a temporary long reliever or a permanent one, pending that he does better than his last outing.

I called Gordon’s first Yankee start beginners luck before he threw the first pitch, so no surprise there.

It will be nice to have Colon back, feeling good again and back on the mound in Yankee pinstripes.

The Yankees are now a game and a half ahead of the Boston Red Sox in the AL East, and have been playing their best baseball of the season. Shocking when you realize this team is riddled with injuries, making players returns to health all the more heaven-sent.

Go figure…. who would have guessed that these sentiments would be coming from me about him.

How great that the only person Colon has to thank for this resurge is, his cells. I meant himself…oooppps.