Last Sunday Oakland A’s pitcher Bartolo Colon pitched a gem of a game against the hapless Cleveland Indians, giving up only one run over eight innings of work.
Today Major League Baseball officials announced that Colon recently tested positive for testosterone, and suspended him for fifty games. As the A’s have only 40 games left in the regular season, this means that Colon is done for the year, and will miss the first ten games of 2013 as well. Colon apologized for his actions and will not fight the suspension.
A week ago, Melky Cabrera of the San Francisco Giants was suspended for fifty games for the same offense. According to ESPN.com, Cabrera will lose approximately $470,000 in salary due to the suspension.
It is unclear whether Colon was tested before last Sunday’s game or after it. It hardly seems necessary for a pitcher to take illegal supplements to face the weak-hitting Indians lineup.
I always liked Colon when he pitched for the Tribe, and I didn’t blame him for making noises about testing the free agent market, as he certainly would have done in 2002 had he not been traded away. Let’s hope he learns from this transgression and is able to return, healthy and supplement-free, in 2013.
UPDATE: In comments, IPL co-owner Stephanie Liscio points out that Colon’s positive test surely happened before last Sunday’s game.