Colon ready, willing and able to make 1st Yankee start

April, 16, 2011
4/16/11
2:49
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Joe Girardi doesn’t know when Bartolo Colon will make his first start for the Yankees.

In all likelihood, A.J. Burnett will start on Tuesday – five days between his last start – and Colon will get the ball on Wednesday. Colon last pitched on Thursday in a three-inning stint in relief of Phil Hughes.

Colon will take Hughes’ spot in the rotation. The Yankees placed Hughes on the disabled list Friday due to a dead arm.

Colon said his arm feels fine. He was routinely hitting the low-90s on Thursday.

“I feel good right now so I’m going to try to do my job,” Colon said on Saturday through an interpreter on Saturday.

He didn’t put a limit on the number of pitches he could throw in his first start, leaving that up to Girardi.

All three of Colon’s relief appearances have lasted at least three innings. He has the most three-inning relief appearances in baseball.

Colon’s start will be his first since July 24, 2009. He missed the last year and a half with arm troubles.

He signed with the Yankees on Feb. 10 to a minor-league contract and lost a battle with Freddy Garcia for the fifth spot in the Yankees’ rotation.

Colon, a 14-year veteran, admitted that he thought he should have been given a shot to be in the rotation at the start of the regular season.

“I thought about that but the more important thing for me is making the team,” he said.

Colon won the AL Cy Young in 2005, going 21-8 with a 3.48 ERA with the Angels. From 1998-2005, Colon was the only pitcher to win at least 14 games.

The Yankees hope Colon can give them a few good starts until Hughes regains his velocity. No one is quite sure when that will happen.

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