Does Colon deserve another start?

TORONTO — Today, Joe Girardi will call Bartolo Colon into his office to ask him if his strained left hamstring is healthy enough for him to pitch and, most importantly, be effective. And Colon, in typical Colon fashion, will likely tell him he’s perfectly healthy and it’s just a mental block he has to overcome.

But is that entirely true?

He did hurl six shutout innings against the Mets in his first start back from the disabled list. But he was hit around against the Rays after that, then couldn’t get through a nightmarish first inning against the Blue Jays last night. Girardi says the Yankees simply didn’t play good defense behind Colon (which is true, considering Brett Gardner‘s bad read on an eventual double and Eduardo Nunez‘s error on an inning-ending chopper). Russell Martin says the Blue Jays were stealing signs from the get-go (which, if true, would definitely give opposing hitters a big advantage). And Colon (pictured left by The Associated Press) says he’s pitching scared with his left leg; meaning he’s not landing firm enough in order to get enough life on his pitches.

That’s a whole lot of explanations (some would call them excuses), but the reality is quite simple: Colon hasn’t been as good lately as he was throughout the year. And when you consider he’s 38, only made 19 big league starts from 2008-10 and (let’s face it) isn’t in top-tier physical condition, it’s concerning, even if the sample size is quite small.

The Yankees at least know they have options if they decide Colon can’t start for them, with Ivan Nova in Triple-A and having the experience of pitching in the big leagues this year. (Nova gave up three runs in seven innings for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last night, by the way.)

The question is: Should the Yankees give Colon another shot and allow him to make his next turn in the rotation? Or do you recall up Nova and put Colon in the ‘pen?

We may know more about Colon’s situation pregame, and we’ll definitely have some lineups then.

For now, here are some links from last night you might’ve missed …

* Colon, Yankees endure tough night in Toronto

* Martin accuses Blue Jays of sign stealing

* Yanks ink lefty Romero to Minors deal

* Yankees Notebook, on Jeter’s reaction to All-Star Game criticism, Colon’s surgery documents, Golson’s call-up, Soriano’s future and the record Jeter and Posada now share

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4 Comments

The Rays hit him solidly, the Jays did not, until the second Thames double and that was his last batter! Unless there’s something wrong with the hamstring again I think he takes his next regular turn.

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Girardi is an idiot for using Mitre time after time in game situations. Isaid it before when the Yanks got him the first time, Mitre stinks!!!! Never had anything when he started out his career, still doesn’t. But if Girardi is an idiot, what does that make Crashman for getting him in the first place? A buffoon? Dude just continues to make bad move after bad move when it comes to personnel.

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After last night’s shallacking we need to come out tonight with guns blazing and rack up some runs in the early innings. We’re going to miss ARod until he gets back. Mind you his power had dropped off considerably. Not sure how confident I am in Garcia against the Jays. We need to get at least 7 innings out of him. The bull pen is riddled with injuries. Tex has got to step up and start hitting the ball with some power. The fact he didn’t make the all star game says something.

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I say give him another start. If/when he bombs, they can bring in the Meatless Tray. Oh wait, they already did that. It’s looking good fighting for the Wild Card.

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