Game 16: Yankees at Blue Jays
Hello again from under the roof at Rogers Centre, where you’d have no idea it’s rainy and miserable outside in Toronto. In here, it’s 68 degrees and the guys are free to play in short sleeves if they wish.
Alex Rodriguez is back in the lineup tonight for New York, having missed two starts with left oblique and lower back tightness. He had to promise Rob Thomson that he’d report any discomfort during batting practice, but obviously A-Rod felt ready to go and the Yankees weren’t about to argue.
Phil Hughes threw a 30-pitch bullpen today, which was watched by Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild. Hughes reported no discomfort and some encouragement. The next step is having him throw a bullpen on Friday, in which he may toss 15 pitches, sit down, and then toss 15 more to simulate an inning. After that, a rehab assignment may not be far off.
Tonight is Bartolo Colon’s first start in the Major Leagues since July 2009, but the Yankees don’t think of it that way. He’s shown them enough this spring and in the first three long relief appearances that they don’t have any hesitation sending him out there, at least up until the 75 pitch mark or so, when they’ll have to evaluate how he’s going after guys.
Here are the lineups:
Pitching: RHP Bartolo Colon (0-1, 3.97 ERA)
Pitching: LHP Brett Cecil (1-1, 6.19 ERA)