With a late report time Sunday it took a while before the Yankees officially announced what seemed certain: Bartolo Colon is on the disabled list, putting a hole in their rotation for at least the next two weeks.
Who will take Colon’s starts? That’s still up in the air, though Joe Girardi said Hector Noesi – who was put back on the roster today – is an option. Noesi will also be available out of the bullpen, according to Girardi, at least until they decide what they want to do with the rotation. As mentioned yesterday, there are a few other minor league options (Mitchell, Warren, Phelps) on the Yankees radar too.
Most encouraging for the Yankees, however, is that Colon seems to believe he’ll be back in the rotation as soon as his 15-day DL stint is over. He seemed relatively upbeat about how his left hamstring feels, and didn’t seem to think he’s looking at a long absence. Of course, everyone knows that you can’t predict rehab times.
In addition to being generally frustrated about getting hurt, Colon said he was disappointed because of what the Yankees have come to expect from him. “I feel bad because the team needs me and I got hurt,” he said through an interpreter.
• Russell Martin, who hasn’t played since Tuesday, is back in the lineup and says his back is fine. “I hit, ran, threw – good,” Martin said.
• A-Rod’s IT band – hip/thigh area to us normal folk – apparently is fine because he’s in there, too. A-Rod hit his 13th homer of the season yesterday and second in as many games.
• Chris Dickerson is back (according to Girardi, Noesi is here for Sanit and Dickerson for Colon), though he didn’t have far to come. Dickerson wasn’t reporting to SWB until tomorrow, so he was still in town yesterday. After Colon got hurt, Girardi called him and said, “Don’t leave.”
• Husker pride runs deep, apparently: Joba Chamberlain left tickets for Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh today.
• Noesi, by the way, is stretched out to about 75-85 pitches, according to Girardi. That certainly leaves him in play to make a start though the Yankees may prefer him in the bullpen.