Yanks tab Colon to start Grapefruit League opener

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Per Bryan Hoch, the Yanks will start their back-end rotation competition with a bang as Bartolo Colon will start the Yanks’ Grapefruit League opener on Saturday. He’ll go up against Cole Hamels and the Phillies in Tampa. The Yanks are going with Colon, who threw a bunch of innings in winter ball because he is “best prepared for the assignment.”

Following him in the rotation will be Ivan Nova, CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes and Freddy Garcia. Sergio Mitre, the fourth candidate for one of two rotation spots, will work in relief for now. As we’ve covered to death, Colon, Garcia, Nova and Mitre will be competing for two rotation spots, and it’s likely that Colon and Garcia will have a leg up if they can throw well and get outs this spring. For purposes of early-season depth alone, the Yanks may opt for the veterans over Nova. How long they last is anyone’s guess.

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  • PaulF

    I can’t believe they are starting Colon in the most important game of the year so far!

    • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto


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    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

      I can’t believe they are lining up Colon to be the Opening Day starter!

      • YANKEE #1


        • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

          Your sarcasm detector and caps lock key both appear to be broken.

  • Chops

    Will this game be televised?

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Yes. It’s on the YES Network and the MLB Network.

    • felixbanuelos

      I don’t think so. His tits might make it rated TV-MA

      • fire levine

        Should be cool to see since “he’s in the best shape of his life”

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Colon/Hamels? Sweet preview of Game 2 of the 2011 World Series.

  • AndrewYF

    I will even accept watching Fatolo Balloon if it means real fake baseball is being played.

    • CS Yankee

      If he locates well and his heater is sitting at 94, i couldn’t care less if he weighed more that the Molina Bros combined.

  • tampaRob

    Saturday!! Can’t wait. Will be at almost all the spring games.

  • http://myspace.com/bksmalls Smallz

    Bartolo Colon, Eric Chavez, Freddy Garcia and Andruw Jones. If this was early 2000 we’d be NASTY

    • fire levine

      Really? Cuz NOBODY mentioned that ANYWHERE

  • rek4gehrig

    People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. ~Rogers Hornsby

  • NoChance

    Really?? Its just the 1st spring training game of the year… What does it matter if Colon starts – it doesn’t mean he will be the opening day starter.. Also I think we’ve seen worse start on opening day – anyone recall Carl Pavano?

  • bryan

    youve gotta a complete moron to think the opener of the grapefruit league means anything who cares start colon lets see what the guy got…if heres any game inportant its opening day 2011 thats an important game not the opener to spring training come on paulf dont be stupid man seriously….smh

    • Eat

      That does it. This is officially the dumbest post I have ever read on rab

  • tommy cassella

    i hope the yanks get their asses kicked in every spring training game and getting the losses out of their systems.