Phil Hughes took his usual between-starts bullpen session this morning. He admitted afterward that his velocity in Friday’s shaky start wasn’t what it had been in his previous strong outing in Toronto. But he said he’d like to think the concern over his velocity is behind him.
“It have to go out and pitch and do what I can do on that front,” Hughes said. “Everything else I can’t concern myself with. I can only control what I can control and try to get out outs and do the best job I can.
“It could be better,” he added about the velocity. “It can always be better. When I’m at my best, I probably sit around 93. I don’t think I was doing that last game. It’s not something where it’s going to get better if I just sit. I hope it does (improve), but I don’t really concern myself with that type of thing.”
*Bartolo Colon will take the ball today. He bounced back from two bad starts with a good one at Tampa Bay last time out. Joe Girardi thought that outing should have relieved any lingering doubts Colon had about the state of his left hamstring. The strain put him on the DL from June 12-July 1. Girardi thinks that DL stay will prove beneficial in this second half.
“I think the rest helped him,” Colon said. “That probably in the long run is going to help him.”
*Rafael Soriano will pitch today at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. If he comes out of it OK, Girardi would like to see him pitch tomorrow as well. And then if all is good with his elbow and his stuff, Girardi said, “There’s a good chance he could be back fairly soon after that.”
*Girardi also said Nick Swisher is now “the hitter he was for us last year.” Swisher has homered in each of the last two games. His average is up to .261 after a .333 run over his last 32 games. He has seven homers and 29 RBI in that 32-game span.