As expected, two issues dominated the postgame: Bartolo Colon and the Yankees hitters as human pinatas.
First, Colon. He left Yankee Stadium and was headed to New York Presbyterian hospital for an MRI on his left hamstring. Joe Girardi said he probably wouldn’t know more until tomorrow, but depending on what the tests show, it seems likely that Colon is going to miss some time. In fact, GM Brian Cashman told the YES Network’s Jack Curry that it “looks like” Colon will go on the DL.
What does that mean for the rotation? Hector Noesi is certainly a possibility, though he’s hardly a lock. The Yankees like what Adam Warren (complete-game allowing 1 ER in last start) and D.J. Mitchell (5 ER in last 19 IP) have done recently in Scranton, and David Phelps (6 ER in last 23 IP) is on the radar, too. Colon’s next turn is scheduled for Thursday against the Rangers, so whoever gets the gig won’t have an easy assignment.
The frustrating part for the Yankees is that Colon has been every bit an ace this season. His two-seam fastball was wicked today and Alex Rodriguez said “lefties have no chance” against him. “He’s throwing like a legitimate No.1 starter, like when he won the Cy Young in 2005,” A-Rod said.
Mark Teixeira was closest to Colon as he ran over to the cover first base on Shin-soo Choo’s grounder in the seventh, and Teixeira said he was surprised to look up after fielding the ball and see Colon still far from the bag. “I knew it wasn’t good,” Teixeira said. Turns out, it wasn’t.
• As for the circumstances surrounding Mitch Talbot’s ejection for hitting A-Rod in the sixth, there were strong opinions on both sides. Talbot and Indians manager Manny Acta were shocked; Talbot claimed he slipped (not altogether unreasonable considering it was raining) and, in a 2-0 game where he’s pitching well, had no reason to hit A-Rod on purpose. “I thought it was a little ridiculous,” Talbot told reporters. “Honestly, I got tossed because Teixeira got hit yesterday.”
Plate ump Dan Iassogna disagreed. He told a pool reporter that, “after the situation we had last night, and Alex hit a big home run last night and hit another home run today, and Curtis Granderson hit a home run last night and another one today, (Talbot) threw the pitch directly at him.” So, Iassogna tossed him.
The Yankees, not surprisingly, agreed with the decision. Both Girardi and Rodriguez used the word “fishy” to describe what went on, and Teixeira sarcastically called the plunking a “crazy coincidence.”
Rodriguez went as far as drawing a correlation between the number of home runs the Yankees hit and how often they’re getting hit by pitches. “Guys are going deep,” A-Rod said, and then pitchers are shaking off the catcher “two or three times to get to the fastball in.”
Girardi was blunter. “I’m tired of it,” he said. “Our guys get hit entirely too much. We’re a club that hits home runs and people don’t like that too much.”
Later, Girardi added, “I don’t like it. But we’ll protect our own.”
• In terms of his health, A-Rod said the pitch hit him on the “IT band” – I had to look it up, apparently it’s a group of fibers that runs along the thigh – but that he’ll “be ready to roll” tomorrow. Did A-Rod think the pitch was on purpose? “I’m not sure if it was intentional but it hurt like hell,” he said.
• Russell Martin came through his work OK and said “the plan is to be ready for tomorrow.”
• Even though everyone else may be used to Dave Robertson getting out of jams like the one he escaped in the eighth, Robertson still finds them to be “very stressful.
“A balk, two hits – it was a tough outing,” he said. “I just had to fight through it.”
• Girardi wasn’t upset with Brett Gardner after the left fielder was thrown out on the bases twice today. “He’s being aggressive,” Girardi said. “I don’t have a problem. I want him to be aggressive.”