According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Yankees GM Brian Cashman revealed Wednesday that there’s a “good likelihood” right-hander Bartolo Colon will be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday to start against the crosstown Mets.
Colon threw 60 pitches Tuesday in a simulated game and reported no abnormal pain or discomfort in his once-strained left hamstring. He was also spotted practicing his bunting in Tampa on Monday, an indication that he is preparing for a start in a National League park (like the Mets’ Citi Field).
Colon has posted a remarkable 3.10 ERA and 1.07 WHIP through 78 1/3 innings this year after sitting out all of 2010 and making just 19 starts combined in ’08 and ’09. He has fanned 72 batters and walked only 18.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.