Bartolo Colon, whose career seemed to be over before he got an invitation to Spring Training this season with the New York Yankees, will try to continue his career revival Monday night when the Yankees take on the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
Colon, 37, has last pitched in the majors in 2009, going 3-6 with a 4.21 ERA before the Chicago White Sox let him go mid-season. Colon pitched his way on to the Yankee roster with a solid spring, and pitched his way into the rotation when Phil Hughes went on the disabled list. He is now 2-1, 2.77 and has allowed just three runs over two starts.
No one knows for sure if Colon, Freddy Garcia and Ivan Nova can hold up over the long haul. On Sunday, though, Nova (2-2, 5.14) was terrific for the second straight outing, surrendering just two runs in 6.1 innings. If nothing else, that trio is buying time for a) Hughes to return and b) Yankee General Manager Brian Cashman to allow the trade market for any possible front-line starting pitchers to develop later this season.
- Second baseman Robinson Cano is day-to-day with a bruised left hand.
- Veteran starting pitcher Kevin Millwood, who had been at Class AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre, exercised the opt-out clause in his contract and left the Yankee organization. That is neither surprising, nor heart-breaking. If the Yankees are going to bring in another starting pitcher let's hope they can do better than that.
- Hughes is seeing a specialist today in St. Louis about his "dead arm."
4 game series vs Tigers @ Comerica Park
New York Yankees
Monday, May 2, 2011, 7:05 PM EDT
Bartolo Colon vs Justin Verlander
Mostly cloudy. Winds blowing from right to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 55.
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