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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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Yankees wrap up All-Star Game, prepare for second half

With the National League’s 5-1 victory over the American League in the books, the four Yankees who participated in this year’s All-Star Game festivities here in Phoenix will get set to fly on to Toronto, where the Bombers open the second half on Thursday against the Blue Jays.

No one was more jazzed from the Yankees than David Robertson, who fired a scoreless second inning as an emergency fill-in for Josh Beckett, pitching around a Lance Berkman single and striking out Matt Holliday looking on a strike-out, throw-out double play.

“It seems like everything has been really quick, really fast,” Robertson said. “I’m glad I got to pitch in an All-Star Game. It’s something that if it never happens again, I still got to throw in an All-Star Game.”

Here’s some other Yankees reaction from the All-Star festivities as we depart the desert and head back to the regular business:

Dave Robertson, on his initial impressions of the All-Star experience

“Everything’s been great. It’s nice just to talk to thee guys, meeting new people. Even seeing your arch-enemies from the Red Sox and talking to them; they’re all friendly. At least, now we are. Things can change.

“The whole All-Star experience – everything we do, everyone’s in a good mood and laid back. It’s fun.”

Cano gives some love to Big Papi

Robinson Cano, on his Home Run Derby showing and the immediate reaction

“These guys are saying to me, ‘Wow, you’ve got power – I didn’t know you’ve got that kind of power.’ In this field the ball flies. You have to hit it but it helps you a lot.

“It was more than what I expected. To see my dad pitching, I felt like I was in my own backyard.”

Curtis Granderson, on Cano’s Home Run Derby shot that pelted a Miller Lite sign in right field

“It was definitely amazing how far it was. The only thing that took away from it was the estimated distance. We thought it was a lot further than [472 feet], based on some that were hit out there. But that’s amazing. That was a good one.”

“He got to show ev that power that he had that I’ve been telling everybody about.”

Russell Martin, on feeling as though he belongs more now than in his previous two All-Star appearances

“I definitely feel more established than before. I was a really young kid the first couple of times [in 2007 and 2008]. I feel like I’ve been around the block a little bit and know the ins and outs, and the guys that are here a little bit. It’s good to be back.

“I was nervous before. Now, I definitely won’t be as nervous. I was in a clubhouse with Barry Bonds and all those guys. It was pretty awesome.”

 


Pregame notes: Mariano reports improvement

Mariano Rivera played catch in the outfield at Cleveland’s Progressive Field today and said that his sore right triceps feels better, but he still feels something in there. He’ll give manager Joe Girardi a full report after the session, but told reporters that it’d take an emergency for him to pitch tonight.

Earlier today, Rivera said the toughest person to convince is usually Gene Monahan, who’ll nod when a player says he feels OK and then tell the manager to give him another day off. You’ve seen it before, but Rivera might get a little extra leeway with Girardi because of who he is and what he’s been through.

“Basically, you know your body,” Rivera said. “Those things are going to happen. You always have some aching feelings and soreness. I’m not concerned because I haven’t done nothing wrong. I expect that it’s something that’s going to calm and go away, the same way it came.”

Other pre-game tidbits:

  • Derek Jeter is in the lineup, batting leadoff and playing shortstop. Girardi said he checked with Jeter last night and today to make sure he’d be ready to go. They wouldn’t commit to a start on Wednesday here in Cleveland.
  • Luis Ayala is available tonight. Cory Wade has pitched in three of four, so he’s out. Eduardo Nunez is available off the bench, Girardi said.
  • Just a day off for Russell Martin after catching four straight, and a half-day for Mark Teixeira, who’s DHing while the Yanks play this stretch of 13 in a row. Girardi said that it’s to the point now where he doesn’t think twice about having Jorge Posada play first base.
  • They’re expecting 100 pitches out of Phil Hughes tomorrow.
  • Another setback for Eric Chavez, who felt something in his abdominal and has been sent back to New York for tests. Meanwhile, Rafael Soriano is set to throw a bullpen in Tampa tomorrow. Best case for Soriano is the first game after the All-Star break, but a little cushion room is more likely.

Yankees discussed trading for Russell Martin

The Yankees and Dodgers talked about a trade that would have sent Russell Martin to New York in exchange for Francisco Cervelli, going so far as to exchange medical information on Martin, The New York Times reported Thursday.

But those talks, which heated up on Wednesday, stalled out when the Yankees had concerns about Martin’s health. 
The Yankees have been interested in Martin for some time but have had concerns about his health. Martin, 27, was an All-Star in 2007 and 2008 but did not play after Aug. 3 last season because of a right hip fracture.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers were concerned that if they went to arbitration with Martin, and kept him, he would receive an increase over the $5 million he was paid in 2010. Cervelli, who made a little over $400,000 in 2010, would cost Los Angeles much less.

The Dodgers and the Yankees went so far as to exchange medical files on Martin, but the Yankees had too many concerns about Martin’s health and told the Dodgers they would not go ahead with the trade.

The Dodgers, who had also tried to trade Martin to other teams, instead decided Thursday night not to tender him a contract, and he became a free agent.

The Yankees’ current plan is to have Jesus Montero, Cervelli and Austin Romine in camp competing to prove they should be the catcher, with Jorge Posada preparing as a catcher but more likely starting the year as a designated hitter. 
Here’s what Brian Cashman said recently on the YES Network:
“We are not handing the jobs to anybody. They have to be earned. These players have put themselves in the position to get a good, strong look. If there’s another opportunity out there that maybe allows us to not put all our eggs in one basket that makes sense, then we might pursue that as well. We do believe we have catchers that are ready to battle, but they’re going to have to do the work.”
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