Colon could return for Subway Series

Colon could return for Subway Series

Colon could return for Subway Series
NEW YORK -- Bartolo Colon threw an encouraging 60-pitch simulated game on Monday, and now the Yankees are toying with the idea of starting the veteran right-hander during this weekend's Subway Series.

Colon, out since leaving a June 11 start with a strained hamstring, followed the simulated game by going through drills at the Yankees' Spring Training site in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday morning. And according to an on-site report by The Associated Press, one of those drills involved bunting -- a sign the Yankees are thinking about bringing him back against the Mets at Citi Field.

That would involve hitting and potentially running the bases, which is no doubt a concern for a 38-year-old returning from a leg injury.

"I mean, there's always a little bit of concern, but he hurt [his left leg] covering first base," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said prior to Tuesday's opener against the Brewers at Yankee Stadium. "If he's healthy, and we feel that he's ready to go, there's a chance he's going to go out there and pitch."

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Girardi noted that Colon felt he could've gone longer than his recent four-inning outing.

Colon was scheduled to be back in New York by Wednesday, at which point the Yankees' staff can evaluate him and determine if they'll bring him back during Interleague Play this week, or if it would make more sense to give Brian Gordon another start and take the precautionary route.

But because he hasn't missed an extended amount of time, and because he has continued to throw, Girardi doesn't feel a rehab start is necessary for Colon.

"I don't think that missing the two starts was really that much, because he was playing the long toss during that time and keeping his arm in shape," Girardi said. "The concern for me is not his arm; it's to make sure his leg is healed, and that we'll check out."

Phil Hughes will make another rehab start for Double-A Trenton on Wednesday. The 25-year-old has made two rehab starts since being placed on the disabled list with a dead arm in mid-April, giving up one run in 3 1/3 innings in his last one on Friday.

It's likely that Hughes would need at least one more rehab outing after Wednesday.

In other injury news, Yankees setup man Rafael Soriano, out since May 13 with right elbow inflammation, continued to throw in Tampa, Fla. Regarding Eric Chavez, who's nursing a bone bruise on his foot that has kept him out for nearly two months, Girardi said: "He's just continuing to move along. He's taking ground balls, he's hitting and he's lightly running. He's still not where he needs to be, though."