Bartolo Colon Doesn’t Trust Injured Leg

Via Chad Jennings of the Journal News:

[Bartolo Colon] has told the Yankees that he has recovered from a strained left hamstring, and he’s told them he’s healthy enough to pitch, but tonight he admitted that he doesn’t trust the muscle to hold up on every movement and every pitch. He’s tentative making plays off the mound, and he’s less aggressive throwing pitches over the plate.

“It’s affecting me a little bit because I’m not pitching the same way I’m pitching (when I’m) aggressive,” Colon said. “I have been a little bit afraid. I’ve been thinking about it… I think it’s why my sinker is not sinking the way it’s supposed to is because I’ve been thinking about my leg too much.”

“That’s something that I’m going to have to talk to him about, see how he’s really doing,” Girardi said. “Bart always says that he’s okay. That’s something I’m going to have to sort through in the next day or two.”

The Yankees have not announced one way or another if they are going to put Bartolo Colon on the DL or not, but with Ivan Nova waiting in the wings down in the minors it seems appropriate that they will be more cautious. Colon was downright outstanding in the first half and if he can get back to that form with a little bit of rest the Yankees should jump at the chance to get him back to that level.

Nova has made two starts since being sent to the minors and has been absolutely outstanding. In two starts he has a 3.07 ERA, 15 strikeouts, and one walk over 14.2 innings giving him a 0.95 WHIP.

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