Bartolo Colon's amazing return to the mound after not throwing more than 100 innings since 2005 was a fluke. The 39-year old right-hander took baseball by surprise last season after he went 8-10 with a 4.00 ERA as a member of the New York Yankees. Much of Colon's success was attributed to an experimental stem cell surgery he received on his elbow and shoulder. Welp, Bartolo was suspended for 50 games today for testing positive for testosterone. He's 10-9 on the season with 91 SO and a team best 3.43 ERA. The Oakland A's are currently occupying the second AL Wild Card spot behind the Tampa Bay Rays and are a .5 game ahead of the Baltimore Orioles.
Colon has since released an apology through the MLB Players Union:
"I apologize to the fans, to my teammates and to the Oakland A's. I accept responsibility for my actions and I will serve my suspension as required by the Joint Drug Program."
He doesn't seem too sad about it even though his career is likely over. We wonder if baseball's finally going to get their shit together. Players obviously don't take the tests seriously if they're getting caught left and right using synthetic testosterone (i.e. Ryan Braun).
[via USA Today]