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Colon skipped next time through?

Bartolo Colon

Bartolo Colon

#40 SP
New York Yankees

2011 STATS

  • GM22
  • W8

  • L7

  • BB34

  • K107

  • ERA3.54

Bartolo Colon has struggled recently, winning just twice in his last eight starts.

Joe Girardi hopes things turn around for Colon Tuesday against the A’'.

In order for that to happen, Girardi said Colon needs to locate better and throw pitches with "late movement."

"It just seems like he hasn't been able to put people away," Girardi said before Colon took the mound on Tuesday. "He's gotten into some deeper counts. They fouled more pitches off on him and eventually it’s led to some mistakes that he’s made."

Colon (8-7, 3.54) has thrown 124 2/3 innings thus far, his highest total since 2005, when he won the Cy Young with the Angles while tossing 222 2/3 innings.

Girardi didn't rule out the possibility of skipping Colon in his next turn in the rotation. The Yankees have that luxury because they will be going with a six-man rotation when Freddy Garcia returns.

"We'll have to watch him carefully. We've been able to give him extra rest (recently) and we've tried to do that," Girardi said. "If we feel like we need to skip one of our starters to really find them some rest than we should be able to do that."