Yankees’ Bartolo Colon Set To Make First Start Since ’09

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Bartolo Colon, let’s see what you’ve got.

The Yankees’ hurler is set to take the ball on Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays — his first start since July 24, 2009, when he was with the Chicago White Sox.

“This is not a rookie,” manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday. “This is a guy that’s had a lot of success in the big leagues. He’s pitched at a very high level.”

The veteran right-hander was inserted into the rotation after Phil Hughes went on the 15-day disabled list Friday.

“(Colon’s) arm strength has been really good,” added Girardi. “It’s not quite what it used to be. This is a guy that I remember facing and he would throw 93, 94 in the seventh and eighth inning and he’d get it up to 98. … But this guy knows how to pitch.”

The 37-year-old Colon went 3-6 with a 4.19 ERA in 12 starts for the White Sox in 2009. His 8-3 record with a 3.65 ERA in 19 career starts against Toronto probably won’t mean much since the only Blue Jay with more than five career at-bats against him is Corey Patterson (3 for 11).

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