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. New Gawker

    did he inject his steroids into his Colon?

    August 22, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      I'll bet he got his "friend" to do it for him.

      August 22, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Portland tony

    Professional baseball is entertainment! These guys, unlike actors or musicians, who can work forever, have a small part of their life to make decent money. So they do just about anything to lengthen their playing days. Many in baseball and other age-physical performance based profession do the same...So What?

    August 22, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Well, he *apologized*.
    That makes it all better...


    Pt's got it right on the button.

    August 22, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jojo

    Who watches baseball anymore? it's a league of either steroids users or steroids apologists. When someone gets caught all their teammates are like "We will SUPPORT steroids player X with all of our HEART!!!!". It makes me sick.

    August 22, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      You don't watch baseball, so you should know.

      August 22, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. geoff hodgkinson

    In addition to his suspension,all his wins this season should be nullified.

    August 22, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Is anyone aware that testosterone is an erectile disfunction treatment, not a sports performance enhancing drug?

      August 22, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. paula

    How about skipping over 50 games and making it a full year. When are these tools going to get it?

    August 22, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • pointless1

      How about you just never get to play MLB baseball ever again. There is a lot of talent out there that will gladly play for less and fairly too..

      August 22, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Agree with Pointless1, the only way to solve the situation is permanent bans on the first offense along with any money they made for that season or for the remainder of their contract. But the players union will never allow that.

      August 22, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kolobians4romney

    Baseball was better when players used steroids... Just saying! Now they look like a bunch of gimpy peewee kids.

    August 22, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lame

    He shoulda spent money on a sit-up board instead. Fatty....

    August 22, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Abner Doubleday

    Why didn't they simply fire his cheating a@# ?? Is it still all about the money ??? I guess it is about the American pass time, cheat, lie and take short cuts.

    August 22, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. damommy

    anybody out there realize that there are also medical reasons to take testosterone also? if your T levels are low you can be chronically fatigued etc. sure it can enhance performance too but just saying what if they had low T levels n were fatigued? would they not b able to get their T levels back to minimum without jeopardizing their carreer?

    August 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    I would assume that the drug testers would know of any medical conditions before the testing, but I don't know how that works...

    August 23, 2012 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. hh

    These comments are hilarious. Always the best part of every blog/story. Everytime i read them im reminded how stupid/racist/ignorant 60% of the american population is. Moving to europe.

    August 23, 2012 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. Dave

    At first I was against steriods, but now, let them us it. They're paid entertainers, no difference that wrestling (which is so fake) or football – Let them hit the roids. So what!

    August 23, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. Davehuckle

    This baseball pitcher should be deported if he is just here on a visa. He broke the rules according to MLB and did so very flagrantly. To use testosterone is ridiculous as it stays in your system so long. There are many other PED's that evacuate your system much quicker than testosterone. I am thinking he must have just got tested very recently and thought he would be free and clear to cheat. If you look at his recent stats you will see that he was pitching extremely well. He was 4-1 with a 1.57 ERA in his past five outings. That likely raised a red flag. He deserves every bad thing that happens to him.

    August 23, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  15. ANON

    Steroids can make people crazy mean. I wouldn't take the chance of it making me act that way after seeing how it has affected some of my friends.

    August 23, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
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