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Bartolo Colon ‘wows’ Cashman

The aging right-hander has become a reliable starter and the timing couldn’t be any better with Phil Hughes out indefinitely.

Brian Cashman is not the type to ignore the scouting department. So when Bartolo Colon impressed during seven Dominican Winter League starts, the Yankees’ general manager had to follow up.

“They recommended it,” Cashman said. “I have good scouts and if they’re going to recommend something and put their name on it, I’m going to go honor it by pursuing it, especially if it’s at no cost.”

Colon’s game had relatively no interest since last pitching for the Chicago White Sox in 2009. Cashman, though, still signed the 37-year-old to a minor-league deal in January. Colon has rewarded him with a 2-1 record and a 33:6 strikeout-to-walk ratio in six appearances.

“I’m surprised at everything we’re seeing,” Cashman said. “He’s fantastic.”

Colon is coming off seven solid innings Monday, and before that, he threw eight frames for the first time in nearly four years. The former Cy Young Award winner was clocked at 96 mph in the latter stages of a one-run performance in that victory against the White Sox.

“It surprised me late in the game that I was throwing hard,” Colon said.

The Yankees, who played a late game last night in Detroit, will keep counting on Colon while Phil Hughes recovers from arm fatigue.

“What we saw in the spring, I was wowed by it,” Cashman said. “I don’t know how long it can go on, but you can’t miss what you’re seeing.”

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