The Bartolo Colon Renaissance Tour continued Saturday afternoon for 6 2/3 more brilliant shutout innings before encountering an unfortunate roadblock in a pulled left hamstring. In the postgame Joe Girardi said he didn’t know how long they’d be without Colon until tomorrow, while Brian Cashman said he expected a DL stint. Knowing what we know about hamstrings, this could take a while — while Curtis Granderson got back in a month last May, Phil Hughes took nearly three months to get back in 2007 and Andy Pettitte two months last year. Best-case scenario would obviously be the former, but it wouldn’t be at all surprising if Colon were on the shelf for closer to two months, which is obviously a pretty significant blow considering that Colon has been the Yankees’ second-best pitcher.
While many expect Cash to go out and get a starter at some point, the pressure is now that much greater. I’d have to imagine Hector Noesi will be given a couple of opportunities to show what he can do as a starter, and we may see a few of other Scranton kids — perhaps D.J. Mitchell or David Phelps — in the Bronx before long.
Fortunately the Yankees managed to hang on and win the game 4-0, marking their second shutout of the season. Alex Rodriguez (13th of the season), Curtis Granderson (20th, tied for the Major League lead with Jose Bautista) and Mark Teixeira (19th) all chipped in solo home runs, while a Jorge Posada single drove in Nick Swisher in the 7th.
David Robertson was ridiculous in relief, recording all four of his outs via the strikeout, though not without of course putting men on first in the form of back-to-back singles in the top of the 8th (not to mention balking to take the double play away). It’s almost comical at this point in that it seems as though D-Rob can’t perform unless he gets himself into trouble first. Heck, even Boone Logan pitched a perfect ninth.
While it’s too early to get caught up in the division race and also silly to worry about things one can’t control, it’s still pretty annoying that the Red Sox are of course once again in the midst of one of their “we’re never going to lose a game ever again” streaks, and so hopefully the Yankees can continue to at least keep pace, injuries and all.
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