When Bartolo Colon failed to pitch out of the first inning last week, Joe Girardi insisted that Colon’s stuff was better than his results — which was probably true — but there was a lingering concern about Colon’s admission that he was still favoring his recently recovered hamstring. It didn’t seem to hurt him, but Colon hesitant to test it.
There was no such hesitation last night.
“Thank God, I felt really good today,” Colon said. “I didn’t feel anything in my leg, feel anything in my head. Nothing crossed my mind that I was going to get hurt today. When I was warming up in the bullpen, I felt the same way. I felt really comfortable today.”
In the end, last night’s game was a disappointment, but in the beginning, it was an encouraging return to form for the Yankees most surprising starting pitcher. With the trade deadline less than two week away, the Yankees rotation has become an unending debate, and Colon’s outing seemed to be a declaration that he’s not finished just yet.
“It should put his mind at ease,” Girardi said. “He knows how he feels better than I do, but I thought he was effective all night.”
Colon had the familiar movement on his four-seamer, but he also showed quite a few changeups and sliders, and he was able to work up in the zone with his four-seamer, which was constantly humming in the mid-90s.
“He just looked better,” Russell Martin said. “The ball was coming out better. He looked like he felt fine… You always want to be throwing the ball well, especially for him, how dominant he was early in the year, I guess it was probably frustrating for him the last couple of games, but today was better.”
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