Tag:Bartolo Colon
Posted on: June 30, 2011 5:28 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 6:35 pm

Yankees considering 6-man rotation?

Phil Hughes

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Since when have the Yankees looked to the White Sox and Royals for inspiration?

While Chicago and Kansas City have toyed with a six-man pitching rotation, the Yankees are considering the same when Phil Hughes and Bartolo Colon return.

"We haven't figured that completely out," Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters, including Conor Orr of the Star-Ledger.

Hey Joe, count it out.

Ivan Nova is pitching well, but at 24, a quick trip to the Scranton branch of the Yankees wouldn't hurt him. He'll be back soon, because Colon and Garcia aren't going to last. Remember spring training when you weren't sure how you were going to fill out five spots of the rotation? You're not that far away from that.

The most important reason, though, is CC Sabathia. Why have your best pitcher, a workhorse who has shown no signs of tiring at the end of a season, pitch every six days instead of every fifth day? That robs you of several Sabathia starts. I'd understand it if he had an injury history or any other kind of history that might suggest he'd be better prepared for the playoffs with rest. But this is Sabathia, one of the biggest, baddest pitchers on the block. You want more CC, not less.

A six-man rotation may be a good idea when you have six mediocre pitchers with very little separating them or a bunch of fragile arms you want to save. You don't do it when you have a stud No. 1 starter. So while it's fine for the Royals or White Sox, you are the Yankees. You're different. Check out where those two teams are in the standings and look where you are. The only one to benefit from this move would be your opponents.

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Posted on: June 29, 2011 8:50 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2011 9:26 pm

Hughes 'explosive' in rehab start

By Matt Snyder

Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes made his second rehab start for the Double-A Trenton Thunder Wednesday afternoon with general manager Brian Cashman on hand and certainly made an impact.

“Today was a really good day,” Cashman said (Bats blog on NYTimes.com). “His stuff was good. He was explosive.”

Hughes also sounded pleased.

"It was a good step," Hughes said. "I went out today and did not even think about stuff. I know that's what everybody wants to know about, but my last two outings, and even in the [simulated] games in Florida, my stuff was good. I trusted that it would be there and worried more about command, so that's really what I was most concerned about."

Hughes threw 6 1/3 innings and allowed just three hits, one run and two walks while striking out eight. He threw 88 pitches, so he's not likely far off from rejoining the Yankees. His fastball was reportedly in the 92-94 miles per hour range, so that is holding strong where it needs to be. There's no timetable set for Hughes' return, but it's soon because Cashman is questioning whether or not Hughes needs one more rehab start.

“It wouldn’t hurt to get him stretched out farther. But his stuff was good," Cashman said.

Hughes has been sidelined since April 14 after an awful start to the season. He was getting knocked around the yard as his fastball was routinely below 90 m.p.h. The Yankees then put him on the DL with shoulder inflammation. He was an All-Star last season after a stellar 10-1 start, but faltered down the stretch as his velocity dropped.

Bartolo Colon is likely to start for the Yankees this coming weekend, too, so the rotation will soon be fully healthy.

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Posted on: June 16, 2011 10:31 am
Edited on: June 16, 2011 12:53 pm

Pepper: Giants happy Marlins are losing?

By Matt Snyder

BASEBALL TODAY: Can the Pirates finally have a winning season? I discuss this and the AL Central race, AL West race and the spiraling Cardinals with Scott Braun in Thursday's version of Baseball Today. Click on the video above to watch.

TURN THE PAGE, GUYS: On May 26, Scott Cousins bowled over Buster Posey of the Giants and knocked him out for the season. The Marlins completed a sweep of the Giants that night. Since then, the Marlins are 3-17, and Cousins is on the DL with a back injury. Via Extra Baggs, apparently this "hasn't gone unnoticed" for the Giants and they feel like -- off the record, of course -- "karma's a bitch." C'mon guys. You won a World Series last year and now your catcher suffered a freak injury that could have happened to anyone. This kind of petty nonsense has a place in junior high, but not the bigs -- and certainly not from a division leader with a World Series ring. Seriously, I don't think I've ever seen a season-ending injury cause so much upheaval -- locally or nationally. It's a shame it happened, but good Lord, he's still alive.

TELL US HOW YOU REALLY FEEL: "The interleague thing is just awful," said Adam Dunn (Chicago Tribune). The White Sox DH, who is finally starting to awake from an extended early-season slumber, is speaking specifically about how the DH affects interleague play. People like David Ortiz will have to sit as they visit NL parks while utility players from NL teams end up DHing in AL parks. Of course, even if interleague play is eliminated, the World Series would still have this issue. And that's kind of an important series, no?

ALONG THOSE LINES: With Eric Hosmer now firmly entrenched at first base, the Royals have no place to put Billy Butler this weekend in St. Louis. Thus, one of their best hitters will be relegated to pinch-hitting duty. (KansasCity.com)

WHITHER COLON INVESTIGATION: Earlier in the season, news broke that Bartolo Colon had received a stem-cell procedure in the Dominican Republic that helped repair his shoulder and elbow. Immediately, Major League Baseball wanted to be sure no banned substances were used in the procedure and began an investigation. Since then, absolutely nothing has happened, and there's no sign of things progressing any time soon. (NYTimes.com blog)

QUIET, PLEASE. MAD SCIENTIST AT WORK: Albert Pujols hadn't started a game at third base since 2002 until this season. Wednesday night marked his third start this season at the hot corner -- as injuries and other circumstances have led manager Tony La Russa to move Pujols across the diamond. The two errors he committed were far from the only reason the Cardinals lost to the Nationals 10-0, but still were worth mentioning. Don't think they deterred La Russa from doing it again, though. "If we had the seventh game of the World Series and it was the same set of circumstances, I'd play him at third base hoping they'd hit 27 balls to him. That's how good a third baseman he is," La Russa said (StLtoday.com). Yeah, keep telling yourself that, Tony.

DAMON'S STOCK RISING: Johnny Damon is nearing his 500th double. When that happens, he'll join 10 other players as the only ones in MLB history to stockpile 2,500 hits, 500 doubles, 100 triples and 200 home runs (page/TB">Rays%29" target="_blank">TBO.com). That might sound like cherry-picking numbers -- because, well, it kind of is -- but the players he joins prove it means something: George Brett, Goose Goslin, Rogers Hornsby, Willie Mays, Paul Molitor, Stan Musial, Babe Ruth, Al Simmons and Robin Yount. All 10 are in the Hall of Fame.

SETTLING IN: Alex Gordon was probably one of the last guys you'd envision to be a leadoff hitter entering the season, but since making the switch about a month ago, he's morphed into a nice leadoff man. He's raised his on-base percentage by taking a lot more pitches, a deliberate approach. “I definitely haven’t been perfect at it, but my main goal is just to try to get on and give these guys a chance to drive me in.” (KansasCity.com)

HOCKEY AT PROGRESSIVE: The Ohio State-Michigan rivalry will be on full display at Progressive Field in 2012, according to the AP. The two collegiate hockey teams will reportedly square off where the Cleveland Indians play, marking the first major outdoor hockey game in Ohio.

INGE ON TRACK: Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge has been sidelined for the past two weeks with mono, but he's set to start a rehab assignment Thursday night with Triple-A Toledo (Detroit Free Press). While he's been out, the Tigers have continued their surge all the way to the top of the AL Central.

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Posted on: June 12, 2011 12:41 pm

Colon expects short stint on DL

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Bartolo ColonThe Yankees have placed Bartolo Colon on the 15-day disabled list, but the veteran right-hander doesn't expect to miss any more than 15 days.

"I feel good -- I just have a little bit of pain," Colon told reporters, including Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record. "After 15 days, I'll be back."

If Colon is correct, he'll miss just two starts with his left hamstring injuries. He would be eligible to start against June 28 against Milwaukee.

Colon left Saturday's game in the seventh inning after feeling "a tug" in the hamstring while covering first base.

The team also placed right-hander Amauri Sanit on the disabled list with an elbow injury and called up right-hander Hector Noesi and outfielder Chris Dickerson.

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Posted on: June 11, 2011 3:05 pm
Edited on: June 11, 2011 4:14 pm

Talbot hits Rodriguez, ejected from game

By Evan Brunell

TalbotThere were more hit-by-pitch fireworks on Saturday for the Yankees and Indians, as Alex Rodriguez was dinged on the left hip in the sixth inning by Mitch Talbot, who was immediately ejected.

Talbot threw a two-seamer and looked down at the mound before the ejection as if in reaction to slipping on the mound, which he claimed he did so once he was ejected. Talbot was upset, for obvious reasons, but it's hard to blame Iassogna for the quick thumb as the Yankees and Indians had a bench-clearing incident Friday when Mark Teixeira was hit. Compounding the issue was the Yankees' frustration at being swept by the Red Sox while taking five HBPs to Boston's one.

Both the Yankees' TV crew and beat reporters on Twitter didn't seem to feel the hitting -- the first of the game -- was intentional, but Talbot's ejection will certainly settle any brewing frustration on New York's part. Rodriguez had earlier hit a home run in the game and Curtis Granderson blasted his 20th -- tying him with Jose Bautista for the league lead -- two batters before Rodriguez's plunking. He left the field with a trainer and there was an announcement in the press box that he had left the game, but A-Rod would later take first base.

In the next inning, Bartolo Colon had to be removed from the game after what looked to be a hamstring pull covering first base on the play. The Yankees are up 2-0 with two outs in the top seventh, Indians at bat. You can follow the game live here.

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Posted on: May 13, 2011 6:24 pm
Edited on: May 13, 2011 7:14 pm

On Deck: Red Sox-Yankees battle


By Evan Brunell

BEST MATCHUP: The first Red Sox-Yankees game in quite a while gets top billing, and it's a pretty decent matchup, too. Clay Buchholz, who has struggled against the Yankees in the past, will take the mound with a 4.19 ERA. Buchholz has struggled to retain the dominance that saw him post a sub-3.00 ERA last season, but he was pitching over his head anyways. He's fallen back to earth and needs to back off his reliance of pitching to contact to take a step forward. Meanwhile, ex-Red Sox pitcher Bartolo Colon, who left the team on a sour note when he refused to go to the bullpen in 2008, takes the mound with a rejuvenated right arm that had stem cells injected into it. Colon has an impressive 3.86 ERA after moving from the bullpen to replace Phil Hughes and will look to keep the good times rolling. Oh, and as the video above shows, David Ortiz is hoping the Yankees fans he hugged won't boo him during the weekend series. Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. ET

VERLANDER-MEER? Justin Verlander will attempt to become the first pitcher since Johnny Vander Meer to throw consecutive no-hitters and will do so against a hot Kansas City team with Eric Hosmer fresh off two home runs in Yankee Stadium. Both team have 20 wins, with the Tigers adding an extra loss, so second place is at stake. Verlander will be opposed by Luke Hochevar, who still isn't delivering on his pedigree as a former No. 1 pick but is at the very least showing signs of progress and doesn't look like he'll flame out of baseball in a couple years anymore with a 4.91 mark. Royals at Tigers, 7:05 p.m. ET

 There's no love lost between the Cardinals and Reds, who meet for a pivotal three-game series this weekend. The Reds are 1 1/2 games behind St. Louis for first in the NL Central. Cincinnati has its work cut out for itself as the Cardinals have generally handled the Reds well over the last couple of years and are on a hot streak, winning five of the last seven games. Kyle Lohse, who has bounced back after a couple forgettable seasons after a strong contract year with St. Louis in 2008, will dance with Bronson Arroyo, who is continuing his impressive streak as a solid, durable pitcher. Cardinals at Reds, 7:10 p.m. ET

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Posted on: May 11, 2011 8:50 pm
Edited on: May 11, 2011 9:13 pm

Colon owes resurgence to stem-cell treatment


By Evan Brunell

Somehow, Bartolo Colon has made himself relevant after missing a full season of baseball and injecting his fastball with life, with an average speed of 91.7 mph arresting a decline that started with the White Sox in 2009.

Despite being knocked around in his last start, Colon now has an impressive 3.86 ERA that is actually higher than it should be, as his 2.79 xFIP indicates. He's made four starts and three relief appearances and has bailed New York out of the Phil Hughes-sized hole the youngster left as he battles his own mysterious velocity problems.

Stem cells may be to thank. As Peter Griffin once said on Family Guy, "why are they not funding this!?"

Colon left baseball in '09 with pain in his right shoulder thanks to a rotator cuff tear among other issues and accepted an invitation in March 2010 from Drs. Sergio Guzman and Lionel Liriano to undergo a stem-cell transplant and later a "booster shot," as DiarioLibre.com writes.

"We did not want to do a trial on a young 23-24 year old because the effectiveness could be questioned due to his age," Guzman said, after their original goal of Pedro Martinez did not come to fruition. "We did it with a veteran and we hope that Felix Sanchez and other Dominican athletes that have suffered injuries will also submit to this treatment so that they can prove what can be done with stem cells."

Both bone marrow and fatty tissue (and there certainly was plenty of the latter for Colon) were taken out of his hip, put through a process, then inserted in the shoulder. He was then injected with a plasma shot, which other big-leaguers have undergone for treatment. Each procedure took no longer than 40 minutes with minimal recovery time, and doctors contend that this process is more economical than Tommy John surgery, which is more expensive and requires a long rehab period.

"We have not invented anything, nor have we done anything new. This is being done the world over", Guzman added. "We received some training overseas to handle this type of things. Harvard University donated the centrifuges. This is no invention. What we do is take a little bit of bone marrow and we put it into an affected area."

Prior to the procedure, the doctors received approval from MLB owners, lawyers and doctors before moving forward. While it's unlikely this surgery will supplant Tommy John surgery, it could be another medical advancement that could keep pitchers on the mound longer. Jake Peavy, pitching Wednesday night in his 2011 debut, is another pitcher who has undergone fairly new surgery.

The article, which was very fawning and pro-Dominican Republic to the point where you had to tune out the obvious bias (example: "... credit that goes to a team of surgeons made in Santiago de los Caballeros with the most advanced knowledge of present day medicine" -- we'll shortly learn that there's plenty of credit to go to a US doctor), made no mention of Dr. Joseph Purina of Florida who says he was part of the team that treated Colon.

“This is not hocus-pocus,” Purita told the New York Times. “This is the future of sports medicine, in particular. Here it is that I got a guy back playing baseball and throwing pitches at 95 miles an hour.”

Liriano says in the article that Purina was the one to provide the information and specialty to make the procedure possible, although Liriano had a major influence in selecting Colon and bringing the whole team of doctors together.

The Yankees were not aware of the procedure until just before the Times story ran, and notified baseball which is looking into it. Purina has previously used human growth hormone, banned by basbeall, in similar treatments but says he did not do so in Colon's case. “I just won’t give it to [professional athletes],” Purita said. “I don’t need the stigma and that kind of reputation.”

Colon brushed off inquiries, saying "I don't know, I don't know," when asked about the procedure. Not much conclusion can be drawn from this as Colon speaks limited English.

Colon's agent, Mitch Frankel, for his part, believes the treatment helped Colon's resurgence, but wasn't the major part of it.

“The doctor feels that it definitely gave him a jump start to his improvement, although for me, personally, I don’t think Bartolo was focused on baseball mentally or physically for the last few years,” Frankel said. “I believe the problem was that and not his pitching. And I think once he made that determination, you can see the success.”

Up next could be a scientific study, because even with Colon's success, there isn't much information that can be extropolated from the procedure to date.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: May 2, 2011 5:55 pm

On Deck: Ethier looks for 28

Andre Ethier
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Streaking -- Los Angeles' Andre Ethier looks to extend his hitting streak to 28 against the Cubs tonight. Chicago starts left-hander James Russell, who Ethier's only faced once. In their lone matchup, Ethier grounded out to Russell on July 8, 2010. Ethier is hitting .219/.242/.344 against left-handers this year. Cubs at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. ET

Matchup of the night -- Bartolo Colon's first two starts of the season have been fantastic -- he's 2-0 with a  1.84 ERA as a starter. Justin Verlander has traditionally started the season slowly, going 9-14 with a 4.75 ERA in March in April in his career, but he's 18-8 with a 2.75 ERA in the month of May. Yankees at Tigers, 7:05 p.m. ET

Flu boys -- Jered Weaver and Clay Buchholz each had their starts backed up a day to Monday after dealing with the flu on Sunday. Maybe that was just so we could see these two face-off at Fenway. Weaver was the best pitcher in the majors in April (so says CBSSports.com's baseball crew), but has struggled in his five career starts at Fenway Park, going 1-3 with a 7.76 ERA. Buchholz, 17-7 with a 2.33 ERA last season, haste to post and quality start this season. He's 1-3 with a 5.33 ERA. Angels at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. ET

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