Bartolo Colon Injury: Updates on Oakland A's Star's Groin Strain
As the Oakland Athletics make a push for a postseason berth, they have relied on the steady performance of veteran starting pitcher Bartolo Colon.
That won't be the case for the next couple of weeks, however, as the 40-year-old Colon has been placed on the disabled list with a left groin strain. Tommy Milone will be brought up from Triple-A Sacramento and start against the Cleveland Indians Sunday.
Manager Bob Melvin provided some insight on the situation, from Jane Lee of MLB.com:
Yesterday was the first time he felt it. He came in today and it was sore again. Probably the prudent thing to do is not push him too much here and give him these 15 days off and see where we go from there. But to be able to have a guy like Tommy Milone to call on and pitch tomorrow is quite the luxury.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 27
From MLB.com's Jane Lee:
Colon will start Thursday in Detroit.— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) August 27, 2013
UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 26
From Jane Lee of MLB.com:
Colon threw a 38-pitch bullpen session with no issues. As long as he feels good tomorrow, he'll likely start Thursday.— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) August 26, 2013
Colon has been excellent for Oakland this season, going 14-5 with a 2.97 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 83 strikeouts, though he has given up 10 earned runs combined in his last two outings, lasting just 6.2 innings total in those starts.
It's not crazy to surmise that his groin strain had something to do with that.
Colon was quite good for the Athletics last season, going 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 91 strikeouts in 24 starts. Unfortunately, his season was cut short after he was suspended 50 games in August for testing positive for testosterone.
The Athletics currently trail the Texas Rangers by 1.5 games in the AL West and would be the second wild-card team if the playoffs started today, joining the Tampa Bay Rays.
The race is quite tight, however, with the Baltimore Orioles trailing by three games, the Cleveland Indians by 3.5, the Kansas City Royals by five and the New York Yankees by six.
While the loss of Colon won't help the A's in their push to return to the postseason, the team has excellent pitching depth and an exciting batch of hitters, making Oakland a team to watch down the stretch.
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