MLB to Suspend Colon for PEDs

by kelly on August 22, 2012

Bartolo Colon of the Oakland Athletics has become the second big league player in a week to be handed a 50-game suspension for taking testosterone, a performance-enhancing drug. John Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted the news.

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As with the Melky Cabrera suspension announced last week, this suspension will take place immediately and will end Colon’s 2012 season.

Colon, 39, was the 2005 American League Cy Young Award winner with the Angels, but was out of baseball by 2010 because of shoulder injuries. He then underwent experimental stem cell surgery on his shoulder and enjoyed a career┬áresurgence┬álast season with the Yankees and this season with the A’s.

This season he went 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA in 24 starts, and is a big reason that the A’s have exceeded expectations and are in the Wild Card hunt. They do have the pitching depth to replace Colon, but his veteran presence and consistency will be hard to replace in a pennant race.

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