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Bartolo Colon suspended 50 games for testosterone

Aug 22, 2012, 1:25 PM EDT

Oakland Athletics' Colon returns to dugout during their MLB baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Oakland

Melky Cabrera has company.

MLB just announced that A’s right-hander and former Cy Young winner Bartolo Colon has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for testosterone.

Last week Cabrera was suspended for 50 games following a positive test for testosterone in the middle of a career-best season in which he hit .346 with a .906 OPS and won All-Star game MVP honors.

Colon hasn’t had quite that type of impact, but he’s been plenty solid for Oakland on a one-year, $2 million contract with a 3.43 ERA and 91/23 K/BB ratio in 152 innings spread over 24 starts. And now at age 39 it’s safe to wonder if he’s thrown his last pitch in the big leagues.

MLB previously investigated the stem-cell treatment that Colon received two years ago for his elbow in an effort to make it back to the majors after not pitching at all in 2010. He was successful in his comeback and MLB cleared him of any potential performance enhancing-drug violations.

It’s a tough blow for the A’s in the AL West and Wild Card races, but with Brett Anderson looking good in his return from Tommy John surgery last night and Dan Straily waiting in the wings at Triple-A their rotation depth is strong.

UPDATE: Colon won’t be appealing and admitted his guilt via an official statement: “I apologize to the fans, to my teammates and to the Oakland A’s. I accept responsibility for my actions.”

110 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. sdelmonte - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    So much for that feel-good story.

    • droogleeddie - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:13 PM

      I was thinking the exact same thing… I was really excited to think that once great players who had severe injuries could still have productive careers. But I guess I will need to go back to my skeptical ways now.

    • pjmarn6 - Aug 22, 2012 at 4:03 PM

      He rolled the dice and it was “SNAKE EYES!”

  2. stoutfiles - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Ortiz, probably.

    I propose that players shouldn’t be suspended the following Monday. Melky and now this is killing my fantasy team during the playoff run.

    • stoutfiles - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:31 PM

      er..until the following Monday.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      NCAYFT

      • rooney24 - Aug 22, 2012 at 4:45 PM

        I hate acronyms for obscure things…..but, totally agree with this one, if I figured it out correctly.

    • rooney24 - Aug 22, 2012 at 4:45 PM

      You mean, just like it hurts his real life, actual team?

  3. lucidsportsfan - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    This is not at all surprising. In fact I speculated that it might be the case in late May of last year: http://www.lucidsportsfan.com/2011_05_29_archive.html#589124508776512178

    • e5again - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      • e5again - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:19 PM

        First time I’ve thumbs downed myself. So much for the embedded video.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:46 PM

        you dont need the brackets, just post the whole url

    • hammyofdoom - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:31 PM

      Congrats on your speculation being correct, want a cookie?

  4. mvp43 - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    With Colon and Cabrera getting busted, the more I think Ryan Braun was innocent. Say what you want, Braun was adamant that he was innocent right away. These clowns aren’t fighting this at all. Not to mention, Braun’s stats have been basically the same his entire career.

    • bla bla bla - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:17 PM

      Exactly. And if it weren’t for “the worldwide leader” leaking what should have been confidential information, we never would have even suspected Braun.

  5. biasedhomer - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    looks like the steroid era is not over

    • scatterbrian - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:44 PM

      Yeah it is. We’ve moved on to the testosterone era.

      • flyingmonkey76 - Aug 22, 2012 at 7:25 PM

        Testosterone is a steroid.

  6. makeham98 - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    So can we turn this into profiling? Latin players? Cabrera, Colon, and the names above? The Molina family? Cueto?

  7. happster - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Of course, what would you expect foir a player coming out of the Yankees’ organization?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      Colon came from the Indians organization….

  8. card0109 - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Can anyone fill me in? In these cases, while the player is completing their suspension, are they required to remain on the 40-man roster? Or can the team rearrange their roster to adjust for the suspended player and replace them as needed? Just curious.

  9. sharkcity408 - Aug 22, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    @cpinct.
    You don’t know anything about the bay you JAILBAIT

  10. charlutes - Aug 22, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    So after everything we’ve been through with Bonds, McGuire, Clemmons, the new protocol is to allow people to cheat as long as they sit out 50 games after they’re caught and they admit to cheating? So we are accepting that there’s dozens of other steroid users around major league baseball? They should just do like the NFL and just not test and accept it, that would be better than pretending to care about the integrity of baseball.

  11. cjbigcat - Aug 22, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    He tested positive for polyps.

  12. cur68 - Aug 22, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Damn, man. Not The Dugong.

    On the juice Dugong? Really? Why you do this, man? An aquatic mammal aughta know better. I was really hoping for the A’s to make a splash in the post season. This just harpoons them. They’ll sink without a trace now. Bummer.

    • APBA Guy - Aug 22, 2012 at 7:14 PM

      Cur-just got back from the park. Barely a whisper about El Capitan’s malfeasance. More about Milone going 8 for the. win, with AJ Griffin coming back soon and Dan Straily eligible to come back from AAA, the A’s pitching will be ok, just not as much fun. It’s all going to be about the offense.

      For the record, the A’s, with their Sept schedule, will have and would have had a very tough road to the playoffs, despite their “feel good” story so far.

  13. andyreidisarrogantandfat - Aug 23, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Carlos Ruiz, come on down. You’re the next contestant on name that PED user.

  14. pjmarn6 - Aug 27, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    For $1 Million I would take steroids! Where else can you get that money and still roll the dice for another million or two? After all he is not a brain surgeon and at his age, you can’t expect him to have more than a year or two. After the agent and tax man he still gets 585,000 this year. Finds a good dividend portfolio of stocks and gets $41.000 before capital gains. Which one of you wouldn’t do the same thing?

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