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Tuesday reading: Bartolo Colon, Phil Hughes, Jenrry Mejia, the 2001 Mets and Andre Ethier
The Yankees won in Detroit, and while NIck Swisher picked up the game-winning hit and Joba Chamberlain received credit for the victory, Bartolo Colon stood out most of all. What a crazy renaissance.
I'm not sure how much more supposed wisdom I have to add at this point, except that, because he has set the bar so high this young season...if he does revert back to his post-2005 level because injury, ineffectiveness or both, it'll be all the more aggravating for the Yankees.
Nevertheless, I'm sure they'd trade any future heartbreak for what they've already received from Colon. Just remarkable.
--Phil Hughes doesn't have thoracic outlet syndrome, and Robinson Cano sat out last night's game, as Erik Boland writes. So the Hughes saga moves forward, and gosh, it really does seem more and more like an episode of "House M.D.," as Brian Cashman said last week.
At this point, in any case, it would seem that the Yankees have to keep moving forward - with upcoming scouting assignments vis-a-vis potential trades and with the development of their own young pitchers - as though Hughes won't be back for the long term. If his arm suddenly revives? Then it becomes a huge bonus.
--The Yankees reacted to the news of Osama bin Laden's death. Some members of the 2001 Mets also checked in on the subject, as did their manager Bobby Valentine, who was broadcasting Sunday night's emotional Mets-Phillies game. Neil Best praised ESPN for the way it handled the huge news during the game.
David Lennon has more reaction from the Mets' clubhouse, from early Monday morning.
--Jenrry Mejia appears headed for Tommy John surgery, a huge blow for the Mets' future. However, as we know, most pitchers are able to come back from this procedure. The key, moving forward, is to have a huge quantity of pitching prospects with the expectation that many will fall down along the way.
Speaking of which, the defending World Series champions, the Giants, come into town tonight with one of baseball's best pitching staffs. Maybe I'll speak with them about this subject.
--Andre Ethier has a 28-game hitting streak, putting him at the halfway mark to Joe DiMaggio's vaunted, record 56-game streak.
--The Tigers made one roster move after last night's loss to the Yankees, their seventh straight defeat - they demoted Will Rhymes and promoted Scott Sizemore - and more lineup maneuvers could be on the way, Jon Paul Morosi writes. Thanks to Twitter for the link.
Will he pass the Yankee Clipper? Of course not. For the Dodgers, however, any topic that does not tie in to Frank McCourt serves as a welcome, positive diversion.