Bartolo Colon throws first shutout in five years against A’s

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Bartolo Colon, who was pulled with a chance to go for a shutout in a 1-0 game 12 days ago, got his ninth career shutout Monday, pitching a four-hitter against the A’s.

Colon threw just 103 pitches in the game.  With the Yankees ahead 5-0, he was allowed to continue even after giving up a leadoff double in to Cliff Pennington in the ninth.  He ended up striking out six and walking none.

Colon was at 87 pitches when manager Joe Girardi opted to replace him with Mariano Rivera in the aforementioned start against the Orioles on May 18.  Rivera went on to blow his third save, but the Yankees did prevail 4-1 in 15 innings.

The shutout was the ninth of Colon’s career, tying him for fifth on the active list.  The Yankees have three of the seven pitchers with nine career shutouts: CC Sabathia (11) and A.J. Burnett (nine) being the others.  Roy Halladay is the active leader with 19 shutouts, six more than Chris Carpenter in second place.

Report: Steven Matz has been pitching through pain, may need elbow surgery

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Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that Mets starter Steven Matz has been pitching through pain for most of the season. He may need surgery to fix a nerve issue in his elbow. Matz was sidelined in spring training with an elbow injury and made his regular season debut on June 10.

Matz, 26, has struggled over 13 starts, posting a 6.08 ERA with a 48/19 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings. Many were scrambling for explanations for his pitching woes and now they have it.

According to Carig, the Mets let Matz skip his bullpen sessions to help him pitch through the pain. Given the Mets’ shoddy history of dealing with injuries, that’s not a good look for the club.

Carig noted on Twitter that Jacob deGrom offers some optimism for Matz’s case. deGrom underwent right elbow surgery to repair ulnar nerve damage last September and bounced back to have a great season this year.

Clayton Kershaw’s simulated game went so well he threw an extra inning

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Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw was scheduled to throw three innings in a simulated game on Monday. That simulated game went so well, he threw an extra inning, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports. Kershaw will make a minor league rehab start next and could be activated towards the end of next week.

Kershaw, 29, has been on the disabled list since July 24 with a lower back strain. That put the pause button on another outstanding season. He’s carrying a 15-2 record with a 2.04 ERA and a 168/24 K/BB ratio in 141 1/3 innings.

The 87-35 Dodgers have run away with the NL West, needing some combination of 20 wins and 20 Rockies losses (19 for the third-place Diamondbacks) to officially clinch the division. While the Dodgers are all but mathematically assured of reaching postseason baseball, the club would still like to get Kershaw as ready as possible over the next month-plus.