Brian Heyman here for this weekend series against the Rockies at Yankee Stadium. Joe Girardi said during his pregame press conference that Derek Jeter isn’t doing baseball activities yet in Tampa (outside of throwing) and that his calf is still sore. The Captain is eligible to return here next Wednesday vs. Milwaukee, but it doesn’t sound like the chase for 3,000 will resume that night.
“We’re getting to the paint that Wednesday is probably in jeopardy. but I can’t rule it completely out,” Girardi said.
Bartolo Colon is making progress in his comeback from his hamstring strain. Girardi said he threw off a mound in Tampa. The plan is for him to throw 50 pitches in a simulated game on Monday. Phil Hughes’ next rehab start is scheduled for tonight for Double-A Trenton at New Britain. The hope is he can go 75 pitches. Girardi wouldn’t project an exact return date for him.
But when Hughes and Colon come back, would Colon return to the bullpen where he was at the start? Girardi said the plan hasn’t been discussed yet.
“(Colon) was throwing so well in the rotation, it would be pretty hard to take him out of the rotation,” Girardi said. “But these are things we’ll have to look at.”
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As for the report that Francisco Rodriguez wouldn’t mind setting up for the Yankees, Girardi didn’t offer much because of tampering rules. He did say David Robertson has done a great job. But he also said, “You can never have too much pitching.”
The DH will be in play for this interleague game and the Rockies have an experienced one in Jason Giambi.
“Colorado might be equipped more for the American League game because of Big G,” Girardi said.