Oakland pitcher Colon suspended 50 games after testosterone test
Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon will miss the rest of the regular season due to his suspension.
August 22nd, 2012
02:27 PM ET

Oakland pitcher Colon suspended 50 games after testosterone test

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.

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  1. Jeff Burdick

    I love the apology. Why apologize for doing what (according recently to Victor Conte) half of baseball still does. Colon certainly doesn't apologize for the $2 million he was making this year, or the $900,000 last year, or the $70 million in career compensation. By his own admission, he was doing some unorthodox but undetailed "medical programs." I guess the apology is really for getting caught, which was what Victor Conte's BALCO really charged for and which continues to go on. The testing limits allow for lots of wiggle room, and if you can't adjust your dosages to stay within those or mask your levels with other substances, then that's just being dumb. Of course, you'll never get PEDs out sports. They have been cycling for 60 years, football for 50 years, and baseball for 40 years. But the bad thing is it has stretched down into high schools to have become a growing necessity to get drafted or a college scholarship. I don't care what millionaires like Colon or Braun or Clemens with access to the best doctors and advisers choose to do. It's really the high school and college students (many of whom will never make the professional ranks) that I most worry about and the blind, long-term risks they are taking.

    August 22, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • manders0303

      At least he apologized, unlike Cabrera who fabricated an entire web site and continued to lie to try and avoid the punishment. Colon screwed up and is taking responsibility. Should he give his money back to the A's? That's between him and the organization. If teams want, they can include steroid/suspension clauses in the contracts.

      August 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • teamroper

      It's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.

      August 22, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Alex

    Manders – Cabrera also apologized, then was busted for the fake website thing. All of them always "apologize" in a prepared statement released by their representation. It's par for the course, most of them probably never even see the text of the apology expect to give a quick OK (if that).

    August 22, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Enthalpy

    Fact is they are cheaters and I believe that 50% or more of football, baseball and other sports are doing similar. That said who can blame them as that's what it takes for some of them to compete – some couldn't make the team without it. And so many of those calling them worse names than cheaters do the same type of things (cheat on taxes, steal, use drugs, insider trading, sell secrets, cheat on spouse, etc, etc) so it's just another piece of real life!

    August 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CSI

    This time...

    *puts on glasses*

    It was the Oakland Athletics that got its colon cleansed

    August 22, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jimdog33

    Well it certainly wasn't for muscle-toning. Do the Blue Jays get back both losses to the As where this sloth pitched?

    August 22, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steeeroids..


    August 22, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Steeeroids..

    How about changing the rules MLB. First offense your out for a 365 days and you have to return your money back to the club.

    August 22, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kevin

    Maybe he'll be saved by a shipping error like Ryan "chemically enhanced-beastmode" Braun.

    August 22, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Efrain

    Why is it that all the latin players are getting caught but when it's a white guy the samples are tainted and he gets to play.

    August 22, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Josie

    Every famous mexican in the Major Leagues has tested positive for something. They cheat the rules at the border, they cheat us out of taxpayer money and now the cheaters are ruining out National Pasttime. Can't you illegals go ruin your own country?

    August 22, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • sbp

      Josie, Colon and Cabrera are both Dominican. Or is everyone who speaks Spanish a Mexican as far as you are concerned?

      August 22, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      He is from the Dominican Republic. Cheating knows no boundaries. Your very own stars and stripes waving Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds belong in the same cheater boat. People like you and your buddies Limbaugh, Akin and Palin are ruining your country and in turn making all Americans look bad in the eyes of the world.

      August 22, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sing this song

    Please find below a little ditty sung to the tune of "Rawhide":

    Colon, Colon, Colon,
    Big fat head is swollen
    Oh my gosh it's growing,

    August 22, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. A. Quatroni

    Why do baseball players have to take steroids? Makes no sense.

    August 22, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • BoundGodsFan

      Because of the sport, the fans and high expectation to exceed the newest surpassed broken record. Pretty soon no player will be able to break surpass any achievement thats not humanly possible on steriods or not.

      August 22, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. raven

    Forgive me my ignorance, baseball fans, but since there are only 37 games left in this season, does that mean the suspension rolls over into next season?

    August 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave C

      Yes it rolls into next season. Just like Manny Ramierez had to serve his 50 days after he retired and then came back. Not sure how it works with Spring Training, if he would be allowed to work out with the team and play pre-season games.

      August 22, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • raven

      Thanks, Dave C.

      August 22, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. charles andress

    players have medals taken away, kept out of the hall of fame, so is baseball going to take away the wins colon made with the banned drug in him? it would be only right to give back the wins to the teams he beat.

    August 22, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. geoff

    Has long as we don't find out Jeter used any performance enhancing drugs all will still be well in the world of baseball

    August 22, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
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