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Bartolo Colon declines to discuss stem cell procedure

May 14, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

New York Yankees starting pitcher Bartolo Colon throws a pitch to the Boston Red Sox in New York

Bartolo Colon‘s elbow procedure in the Dominican Republic was naturally the topic du jour as he took on the Red Sox last night.

The rejuvenated right-hander topped out at 95.6 mph on his fastball during the outing, which brought out Tweets like this one from Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.

Colon hitting 96? Those must be some good stem cells.

Colon gave up three runs — two earned — on five hits over six-plus innings while striking out four and walking three in a losing effort.

According to Ian Begley of, Colon was asked about his elbow procedure after the game, but referred all questions to the players’ union.

“They know the right and wrong of the situation,” Colon said through an interpreter. “They know more so you can get anything that you may need from them.”

I’m a moron when it comes to this sort of thing, but everything I’ve read suggests this procedure wasn’t far off from platelet rich plasma injections, which have become commonplace in recent years. Why didn’t Takashi Saito have to answer these same questions back in 2008? It could be that Colon’s doctor has been connected to HGH in the past, but I also think that “stem cells” remains one of those buzz phrases that gets people all worked up for nothing.

  1. tuftsb - May 14, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    As someone who underwent an autologous stem cell transplant to fight multiple myeloma, let me say that the treatment regimen for my cancer did not exist until a few years ago and the diagnosis for those that had MM was not good. Due to research in the field, survival rates are skyrocketing

    The response from most media corners to the Colon matter is luddite-like. Science advances and tries to cure illness and disease – why is this “cheating”? (I’m looking at you, WADA!)

  2. skerney - May 14, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    What kind of person would thumbs down a cancer surviving story?

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