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Bartolo Colon will rejoin A’s rotation Saturday when suspension ends

Apr 3, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Bartolo Colon‘s 50-game suspension for testosterone usage ends Saturday and Casey Pratt of reports that the A’s will immediately get the 40-year-old right-hander back in the rotation with a start that day against the Astros.

Colon hasn’t started a big-league game since August 18, but re-signed with the A’s on a one-year, $3 million contract despite the suspension. He’ll bump rookie Dan Straily from the rotation.

Before the suspension Colon started 24 games for Oakland with a 3.43 ERA and 91/23 K/BB ratio in 152 innings for his second straight solid season after previously not topping 100 innings since 2006.

  1. tcb2nyc - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    That is, if he doesn’t explode first.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Who needs spring training or minor league rehab when you can just pitch a tuneup against the Astros?

  3. yahmule - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Bartolo has kind of a mini Andre the Giant thing going these days.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      Mini? Short Andre perhaps, but nothing about Bartolo says “Mini” to me.

    • paperlions - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      I thought the exact same thing….then, I wanted a peanut.

  4. cur68 - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Excellent. A Dugong sighting. Hope he does well.

  5. APBA Guy - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    The Astros were nearly no-hit last night. Hopefully the Captain of the 2013 All-Ugly Team ™ will succeed against them.

  6. blitzinc43 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Milone’s time to shine

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