There was a little separation in the race for the backend starter jobs Wednesday night with Bartolo Colon allowing two runs, but not much.
After giving up two runs in the second inning, the 37-year-old responded with three of his seven strikeouts over the third and fourth innings. Overall Colon gave up two runs and four hits with seven strikeouts and no walks in four innings.
“You want to see a guy be able to shut it down and get back to making his pitches,” Joe Girardi said of Colon coming back strong in the third and fourth innings. “As much as you’d like to say you can control every pitch, there’s going to be times where you miss. But he was able to get things back on track.”
Colon said he felt good from the start.
“Usually I try to pace myself but today I went hard from the very beginning,” said Colon, who struck out the side in the first. “Today I felt strong. I felt good.”
Colon has noticed the performances of Freddy Garcia, Ivan Nova and Sergio Mitre, but isn’t obsessing over them.
“I’m not worried about what the other guys are doing,” Colon said. “That’s a decision the guys upstairs will be making.”
Girardi said he’s no closer to making any determinations in a competition that, in his mind, could go on until the end of camp.
“I’m being really open minded,” Girardi said. “We’ve had the guys throw the ball really well and that’s why I said from the beginning, it’s not fair to put people ahead of other people coming in. You try to keep your minds open as possible and let this thing play out as we go along.”
*** Cashman called “silly” the part of a Florida lawsuit, mentioned in a tweet by an si.com reporter, against Aroldis Chapman’s representatives that claimed the Yankees made an offer to the left-hander valued at more than $54 million.
“I don’t know what the suit’s all about,” Cashman said. “All I know is we never made an offer to Chapman.”