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Bartolo Colon Set to Hit DL

June 19, 2012

It appears likely that the A’s will be sending Bartolo Colon to the disabled list with an oblique strain. These pesky injuries have been known to sideline pitchers for good chunks of time and last time Colon dealt with one in 1999 with the Indians he missed four weeks. Colon has had a decent season with the A’s, nothing to write home about but nothing to warrant serious complaint either posting a 4.22 ERA with a 4.13 FIP. He has had fifteen starts, across which he has thrown 89 2/3 innings adding up to 1.0 WAR. He has featured 5.5 K/9, 1.6 BB/9 and 1.2 HR/9. What is perhaps most disappointing about this injury to me at least, is this likely will soften the market for Colon thereby dramatically reducing his value to the Oakland A’s.

In his stead I imagine Tyson Ross, called up for a spot start this past Saturday, will be recalled. Despite being demoted on Sunday, he can come back up to the A’s within 10 days as he would be replacing a player who was placed on the disabled list. Ross has not pitched in Sacramento since his return there and in Oakland this year has thrown 53 innings of largely forgettable 6.11 ERA, 5.32 FIP baseball with 4.9 K/9, 4.3 BB/9 and 1.2 HR/9 to his credit. The BABIP is high at .339 and the strand rate low at 69.6% but he has had incredible trouble throwing strikes and is currently one full strikeout per nine below his career mark (6.0).

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