Starting pitcher Bartolo Colon has been suspended for 50 games after he tested positive for testosterone, which essentially means he will miss the rest of the season.
The 39-year old has had a good season, starting in 24 games for the A’s and going 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA. Over 152.1 innings this season he has posted a .286 BABIP and 3.83 FIP and a 3.96 SO/BB ratio which has landed him the nickname the “strikeout machine”.
Sure, this is a loss for the A’s and it disappoints me that we had someone on our team who was cheating to win, but this does not mean the season is over for them. The A’s have pitching depth; they still have players like Travis Blackley, Dan Straily and A.J. Griffin waiting in the wings and Brett Anderson just returned last night.
Bartolo Colon did issue a statement after the news was released and is not denying his use of performance enhancing drugs.
“I apologize to the fans, to my teammates and to the Oakland A’s,” he said in a statement released by the players’ association. “I accept responsibility for my actions and I will serve my suspension as required by the Joint Drug Program.”
If you had any questions about the possibility of Bartolo Colon being resigned next season, this all but guarantees he will not be an Athletic next year. In fact, this may even be the end of his career.