Bartolo Colon Fails Drug Test: 50 Game Suspension Awaits
I have not been crazy about Bartolo Colon. I have found him to be sort of boring to watch and I have also just assumed that at some point the wheels would come off. The wheels won’t have the opportunity to come off as Colon will be out for the remainder of the year as he has failed a drug test and will be subjected to a 50-game suspension writes Jon Heyman of CBSSports. Further reports indicate that the banned substance was testosterone.
Colon who had engaged in a controversial stem cell replacement therapy that helped engineer his comeback with the Yankees last season, has pitched 152 1/3 innings for the A’s this year. He has 5.4 K/9, 1.4 BB/9 and 1.0 HR/9 on the season for a 3.83 FIP to go with his tidy 3.43 ERA all adding to 2.4 WAR. He has made 24 starts for Oakland tops on the team as are his innings pitched. The loss is a big one, but with the return of Brett Anderson yesterday and the anticipated return of A.J. Griffin from the disabled list this is a loss the A’s can weather better than most. It seems in the interim the likely replacement for Colon in the rotation will be Travis Blackley. Given this is a suspension and not a disabled list trip, someone who was sent down like Dan Straily is ineligible until the passing of ten days to be added to the 25-man roster.
There is chatter that Colon was not dealt at the deadline because Billy Beane and the A’s may have known about this failed test as seems to have been the case across the bay with Melky Cabrera and the Giants’ acquisition of Hunter Pence and that the A’s would have then had to deal with the stigma of being the team that traded a player who was bound for suspension. That seems a bit far-fetched as the A’s had fair reasons not to deal a workhorse veteran like Colon, but it is an interesting supposition. Otherwise, I can’t imagine this helps Colon’s odds of the 39 year old securing a good contract for next year. but we all live with the decisions we make.