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Bartolo Colon leaves Mets to be with “extremely ill” mother

Aug 18, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

Bartolo Colon AP

Bartolo Colon was scheduled to start this afternoon for the Mets, but manager Terry Collins announced that he’s left the team and traveled home to the Dominican Republic to be with his “extremely ill” mother.

Carlos Torres will step in for Colon and make the spot start against the Cubs.

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Colon will be placed on the bereavement leave list and replaced on the roster Tuesday, when the Mets have enough time to call up another player.

  1. raysfan1 - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Best wishes to him and his family.

  2. bolweevils2 - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Ugh. That Torres start is going to be ugly. He’s had a 7.71 ERA since the All-Star break. But clearly Colon’s personal issue should take precedence. And the Mets aren’t going anywhere this year anyway so what’s the difference?

  3. elvin2014 - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Very sad news:

    Bartolo Colon’s mother has passed away this afternoon….My condolences to Bartolo Colon and his family…

  4. elvin2014 - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Very sad news:

    Bartolo Colon’s mother has passed away this afternoon….My condolences to Bartolo Colon and his family…

    http://www.elcaribe.com.do/2014/08/18/muere-madre-bartolo-colon

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