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Girardi: Colon won't miss start

Bartolo Colon #40 of the New York Yankees

Bartolo Colon #40 of the New York Yankees reacts to an eight-run first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays during MLB action at The Rogers Centre. (July 14, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

TORONTO — Bartolo Colon will make his next scheduled start Tuesday, Joe Girardi said.

The Yankees manager watched video of Colon’s dismal start in Thursday’s 16-7 debacle in which he gave up eight runs in two-thirds of an innings, but saw no sign of any hamstring issues.

“You can see how high he’s lifting his leg, the way he’s landing,” Girardi said. “And when I looked at those two things, it was the same. I stopped it frame by frame.”

After his start, Colon said he was hesitant when fielding, especially covering first base, because he was afraid of reinjuring his left leg. But when Girardi pressed Colon about his hamstring on Friday, the righthander said he felt fine.

“I just think he has to get it out of his head,” Girardi said.

Girardi said the Yankees’ downfall Thursday night was their defense, not Colon’s pitching. The righthander, who lost consecutive starts for the first time this season, matched his shortest outing of his career (April 9, 1997).

“I watched the tape,” Girardi said. “He didn’t throw as bad as I thought. I thought he threw the ball OK. There was movement and an error, plays we don’t make that we usually make, infield hits. Those don’t bode well.”

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