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2005 Cy Young winner, Bartolo Colon off to a good start
with the Yankees

Article By Don White


Windermere, FL (April 27, 2011):
I hate to say I told you so, but well before April 1, 2011, when the first ball was thrown out at Yankee Stadium I predicted both Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia would not only be on the Yankee roster but soon would be starting. They both are, and from all appearances they are doing better than any of the other NY starters so far this year.
   I say that advisedly because everyone would rather have Phil Hughes healthy instead of nursing a possible “dead arm.” I would also rather see Yankee ace CC Sabathia humming, which he isn’t. He always comes into spring training too heavy and it takes a month or so to get baseball’s best pitcher the last four years completely on track. This year Sabathia made a special effort and weighed only .290 at the get-go.
   A.J. Burnett is pitching well and I didn’t predict that. It could have something to do with the Yankees new catcher, Russell Martin who was obtained from the Dodgers.
   On March 27, 2011, just before breaking camp at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Joe Giardi’s choice for fifth starter was new acquisition Freddy Garcia, a two-time All-Star who came to camp as a free agent from Chicago and did exactly what the Yankees wanted him to do–take the ball every five or six days and stay healthy. As an added bonus, their other dark horse pitcher, Bartolo Colon, also came through for them.
   In the first four games the 5-11, 265-pound Colon had struck out twenty, had a 3.50 ERA and a 1-1 win-loss record. Not bad for a pitcher who hadn’t pitched since August 2009. But with another win tonight, he lowered his ERA to 3.00 and has posted a 2-1 win-loss record.
   One caveat: both Garcia and Colon have a tendency for injury. Neither are spring chickens, but while they’re on a role the Yankees are without Hughes and are on the edge of their chairs about two shaky save-attempts by ace closer Mariano Rivera whose lack of crispness lost both games. This is atypical for the game’s best closer ever, but we expect him to soon turn this around.
   Garcia had pitched around the league. He was and is a wily inning eater and is good for six innings every outing. The pitcher few–except the Yankee Wizard, of course–thought had a chance of making the club was Bartolo Colon. He is a former Cy Young winner but a man who hadn’t pitched in the Big Leagues the last two years.
   Tonight it was Colon’s chance to star and he didn’t disappoint.. He allowed but one run in eight innings against his old team and the Yankees beat Chicago 3-1. Robinson Cano provided the power, knocking in all three Yankee runs with a home run in the first inning.
   Phil Hughes was no closer to learning the source of his shoulder fatigue after undergoing five more hours of testing Wednesday at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia Hospital. The Yankees were awaiting the results of a CT scan, a dye-contrast magnetic resonance imaging and additional vascular testing. Hughes had described a numbing sensation when he throws when Giardi ordered the tests. He had two M.R.I. exams and a blood-circulation test. He was being sent to St Louis for more testing and to be examined by a specialist

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