Bartolo Colon has pitched 124.2 innings this season. That’s far more than he’s thrown in any season since 2005, and more than he’s pitched total since 2007.
Colon says he feels as healthy as ever, but he hasn’t been pitching as deep into games lately — in May he pitched a complete game shutout on 103 pitches, last night he needed 99 pitches to get through five — and Joe Girardi acknowledged that the team is at least mildly concerned about Colon’s durability.
“Obviously we’re trying to take precautions and give him extra rest,” Girardi said. “That is something that we’re trying to do. He had the one bad inning that really cost us (last night), but it’s something that we look at, yes.”
Colon dismissed the issue, but he’s thrown more than five innings just once in his past four starts. This from the guy who threw fewer than five innings only once in his first 12 starts.
“I feel very strong right now,” Colon said. “Physically and mentally I try to do my job. I do my best to win the game.”
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