[Bartolo Colon] left Yankee Stadium and was headed to New York Presbyterian hospital for an MRI on his left hamstring. Joe Girardi said he probably wouldn’t know more until tomorrow, but depending on what the tests show, it seems likely that Colon is going to miss some time. In fact, GM Brian Cashman told the YES Network’s Jack Curry that it “looks like” Colon will go on the DL.
This is clearly bad news. Colon has been a rock for the Yankees this season and besides CC Sabathia he is easily their best starter. The threat of injury has hung like a hammer over Colon’s head since the day he signed with the Yankees, but at least this injury has nothing to do with his arm.
He still should miss some time. Hamstring injuries are bad for pitchers as healthy legs are very important to them and because of Colon’s weight it could take him longer than normal to recover. Three to four weeks seems like a good estimate if the injury isn’t too serious. Best case seems to be two weeks. Hopefully it won’t be more than that.
It’s likely that Hector Noesi will get Colon’s spot in the rotation, but it’s not out of the question that somebody else could grab it. Carlos Silva is nearly ready in the minors. Noesi may get a start or two as an audition before Silva gets promoted. Two pitchers in Triple-A, Adam Warren and David Phelps, are longshot chances.