Bartolo Colon, a starting pitcher for the playoffs-chasing Oakland Athletics, has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for synthetic testosterone, Major League Baseball said Wednesday.
The move comes a week after 2012 All-Star Game MVP and San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera was given a 50-game suspension for a positive testosterone test. Colon is the fifth MLB player to be suspended this year after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, MLB spokesman Michael Teevan said.
“I apologize to the fans, to my teammates and to the Oakland A's," Colon said in a statement released Wednesday by the Major League Baseball Players Association. "I accept responsibility for my actions and I will serve my suspension.”
A 50-game suspension is what the MLB gives players for a first positive test of a performance-enhancing substance under its Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program (PDF). Testosterone is considered such a substance under the program.
"The Oakland Athletics are disappointed to learn of today's suspension of pitcher Bartolo Colon," the Athletics said in a statement Wednesday. "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."
Colon, 39, is 10-9 this season, with 24 starts and a 3.43 ERA. He won his last start, an 8-5 decision over the visiting Cleveland Indians on Saturday.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the A's, 66-56, were five games behind Texas in the American League West and a half-game behind Tampa Bay and Baltimore in the chase for two wild-card playoff spots.
With 37 games left on the A's 2012 schedule, the suspension will ensure Colon will miss the rest of the regular season.
Pro sports are really starting to lose their luster. We look up these people because we think they are amazing...not because they're amazing on drugs. Maybe just let them all roid and then at least we know what we're watching...
Its a sad sad day when people get accused of taking drugs even though they merely took something that there body produces naturally, thats like suspending someone for taking vitamin D, which we are now finding out is actually a hormone and not a vitamin at all............ maybe next we can suspend people for taking vitamin c.
They are all attempting to obtain an advantage. That is what gets them the next (big) contract. It occurs in all professional sports, not just baseball. Human nature at play.
What is the most disturbing is that it is only baseball that the positive results get national attention. The American public accepts and it would seem expects positive results in the NFL.
The same with hockey and basketball. Two leagues which to my knowledge don't have serious testing of any kind.
OAK, He's not getting busted because he had natural testosterone in his system, we all know everyone has that. He's getting busted because he was shooting up with multiple times the normal amount of synthetic test. Make no mistake, the benefits of taking gear is real and the results they can produce is anything but natural. Every guy would like that edge and when you have million dollar contracts on the line.....temptation.
How many more cases of doping have to be discover before major league Commissioner, suspended a player for life and set an example for the rest of the player, no just in baseball , in all professional sport. they infected with player using illegal drugs.
Greed. Should be suspended for life when busted for enhancement drugging.
The stuff works. Every 39 year old man should take it. You would feel better.
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