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Oakland A’s veteran righthander Bartolo Colon has been suspended 50 games after failing a test for performance-enhancing drugs, MLB has announced. He tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone.
“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,” Colon said in a statement released by the players association.
Colon, 39, had been enjoying a career revival this season with a 10-9 record and a 3.43 ERA.
The franchise said the following in a statement: "The Oakland Athletics are disappointed to learn of today's suspension of pitcher Bartolo Colon. The organization fully supports Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and its efforts to eliminate performance-enhancing substances from our game. Per the Basic Agreement, the A's will have no further comment."
After missing the entire 2010 season and after having a controversial stem-cell treatment on his pitching elbow and shoulder, Colon returned to the majors last season with the New York Yankees. He went 8-10 with a 4.00 ERA in 29 games (26 starts).
News of Colon’s failed test comes just on the heels of another Bay Area player being busted for testosterone. San Francisco Giants left fielder Melky Cabrera, the MVP of this season’s All-Star Game, recently was suspended for 50 games for the same offense.
At 66-56, the surprising A's entered the day just a half-game behind the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles in the AL wild-card standings. Oakland will begin a four-game series at Tampa Bay on Thursday. Colon had been scheduled to start the series opener.