Yankees Win But Also Lose
Yankees won Saturday in the Bronx as they beat the Indians 4-0 in their second game of their four game wrap-around weekend series. A-Rod, Teixeira, and Granderson all homered in the win. However, Bartolo Colon came up lame as he was covering first base on a ground ball play.
How significant is this injury? What do the Yankees do from here?
It was learned that Bartolo Colon suffered a strained hamstring. Usually that injury requires around a month to fully recover. After the game, Brian Cashman, according to multiple sources, noted that a trip to the DL for Colon was very likely. So who replaces Colon?
The candidate that would likely take over in the short-term is Hector Noesi. Noesi has done a very good job for the Yankees in long relief appearances the past couple of weeks. He was a starter down in AAA and so he would seem to be the prime candidate. Phil Hughes is a month or so away, so he isn't ready at any point to come back.
We all knew at the beginning of the season that starting pitching would be a huge question mark for the Bronx Bombers and this issue has now shown up big time as Garcia has had a poor performance and now losing Colon for some time is HUGE considering how well he had been pitching for the Yankees. He arguably was their second best starter behind CC Sabathia. This will be a huge injury blow to the Yankees if he has to miss multiple starts coming up. This injury puts more pressure on Brian Cashman to look for a starter either from within or via trade market. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next month for the Yankees.