The Oakland Athletics were one of the biggest surprises in the playoff race this season, but they recently received a very unpleasant surprise. ESPN has reported that Bartolo Colon has tested positive for testosterone and that he will be suspended for 50 games.
Even though Colon is not the ace that he used to be, this still shakes up a few American League playoff races. Colon was having a very good year for the Athletics, going 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA.
Oakland recently acquired Stephen Drew to try to improve their playoff chances, but this news almost certainly cancels that move out.
The Athletics will likely turn to one of their young starting pitchers such as Dan Straily to try and help them make the postseason. However, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Straily cannot be brought up until he has been in the minors for 10 days.
Casey Pratt of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area notes that Billy Beane said that the Athletics will be bringing up Tyson Ross to replace Colon for the time being.