Pregame notes: Colon activated, Gordon optioned

The Yankees have activated Bartolo Colon from the disabled list to make this afternoon’s start against the Mets. Brian Gordon has been sent to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he will continue pitching out of the rotation.

Joe Girardi said they decided to send Gordon down over Hector Noesi because Gordon hadn’t pitched since his start at Cincinnati and they couldn’t be sure he would be sharp out of the bullpen.

As far as Colon goes today, Girardi said that the Yankees think he should be sharp enough to get through 80 to 85 pitches, even though Colon apparently walked in saying he could pitch nine innings today. Colon seemed in good spirits, playfully tapping a reporter on the shoulder and then scurrying away.

Will the Mets try to bunt on Colon (the way the Yankees probably should have bunted on Curt Schilling in ’04)? That’s a story for another day, but Girardi said he suspects “the guys that would bunt will probably still bunt.”

Girardi said no decision has been made yet on a potential six-man rotation, nor has anything been decided with Phil Hughes’ next start. It seems possible Hughes would pitch Monday at Triple-A, though.

“We seem to have a good problem here, but it’s something we have to figure out,” Girardi said.

Derek Jeter gets in action tonight for Double-A Trenton. The ideal scenario, as painted by Girardi, is three at-bats and six to seven innings in the field.

There’s some serious All-Star hopefuls in the room, and Dave Robertson is among them. He doesn’t want to get ahead of himself, but let’s just say that his plans are flexible coming up.

“It would be amazing,” Robertson said. “It’s something I’d love to get the opportunity to do. I’m trying not to get too excited about it.”

Girardi said that if he were this year’s All-Star manager, it might be a problem to make sure every team was represented, but Robertson’s name would be in heavy consideration.

“Robby is most deserving, I believe, with the year that he’s had,” Girardi said. “I would love to see him go.”

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