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Colon Issues

Friday, July 15, 2011


The wheels are falling off for Bartolo Colon.

After surrendering 10 hits and five earned runs to the Rays last week in his final start before the All-Star break, the veteran right-hander returned to action in even worse form on Thursday night in Toronto. Colon couldn't make it through one inning of work against the Blue Jays, yielding six hits and eight runs -- three earned -- while retiring just two batters. He walked two and did not tally a strikeout.

Colon enjoyed a dominant April and May before landing on the disabled list in June with a hamstring strain. It's possible that the injury is still wearing on him. It's also possible that the 38-year-old is having overall fatigue problems.

Colon sat out all of the 2010 season and threw under 90 innings between the minors and majors in 2009. It's past time to sell high on the hefty right-hander in fantasy leagues.

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* Blue Jays third baseman Jose Bautista had to be lifted from Thursday's second-half opener against the Yankees after injuring his right ankle on a hard slide into third base. X-rays were negative and he's considered "day-to-day," but an MRI scheduled for Friday morning will provide a better idea of Joey Bats' current status. The 30-year-old All-Star was 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored before exiting and still boasts a fantastic 1.171 OPS through 85 games this season. John McDonald replaced him at the hot corner on Thursday night.

* Two quick notes on changing closer situations:

Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters on Thursday that right-hander Bobby Parnell will split save opportunities with Jason Isringhausen and Pedro Beato in the wake of Tuesday's Francisco Rodriguez trade. Parnell has a closer-like arsenal and should eventually take over the role on a full-time basis, but he might not be as valuable right away in fantasy leagues as experts initially had hoped. That said, Izzy and Beato aren't really worth grabbing in mixed formats. It'll be Parnell's job soon enough and he'll get all of the really tight situations.

Blue Jays manager John Farrell revealed Thursday that he has temporarily stripped Frank Francisco of ninth inning duties in favor of tattooed right-hander Jon Rauch. It's not the best situation for fantasy purposes, given that both relievers are awfully prone to blow-ups, but Rauch is the guy to own for now. Until he screws it up.

National League Quick Hits: ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported Thursday that 6-7 teams are "in play" for Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran … The Marlins are expected to trade closer Leo Nunez before the July 31 non-wavier deadline … David Wright (back) is expected to return from the disabled list next Friday … The Braves have agreed to terms with their first-round pick from the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft, left-hander Sean GilmartinJonathan Sanchez (biceps) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Sunday at Single-A San Jose … The Diamondbacks have promoted Brandon Allen from Triple-A Reno to play first base … Mets first baseman Ike Davis could need season-ending surgery on his ankle if it does not improve in three weeks … According to SI.com's Jon Heyman, the Padres are seeking a "top prospect" for setup man Mike AdamsPeter Moylan played catch Thursday for the first time since undergoing back surgery … Veteran third baseman Chipper Jones (knee) is aiming to return to the Braves around July 25 … The Diamondbacks designated Wily Mo Pena for assignment … Gustavo Chacin was released Thursday by the Astros … Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata is now two games into a minor league rehab assignment.

American League Quick Hits: A's left-hander Brett Anderson underwent Tommy John surgery on Thursday … Fausto Carmona is aiming to return to the Indians' starting rotation on Monday … Blue Jays prospect Brett Lawrie (hand) returned to action Thursday at Single-A Dunedin … Carl Crawford is on track to return to the Red Sox on July 18 … Twins first baseman Justin Morneau (neck) has been cleared to resume cardio workouts … Brian Roberts was cleared by a concussion specialist Thursday to increase the intensity of his rehab program … Jo-Jo Reyes allowed 10 hits in a five-plus inning start Thursday against the Yankees … Indians catcher Carlos Santana homered and tallied three RBI in a defeat of the Orioles on Thursday … Peter Bourjos (hamstring) is aiming to return to the Angels' lineup this weekend … The Yankees have confirmed that Eduardo Nunez will start at third base in the absence of Alex RodriguezFernando Rodney is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment this weekend … Julio Borbon may require surgery soon to stabilize his sprained left ankle … Red Sox DH David Ortiz and Orioles closer Kevin Gregg have both been suspended four games for brawling during Friday's game … Jim Thome is day-to-day with soreness in his toe … Luke Scott (shoulder) will need a bit more time on the disabled list than initially expected … Vladimir Guerrero is day-to-day with soreness in his wrist … The Rangers have promoted pitching prospect Martin Perez to Triple-A Round Rock … Cesar Izturis (elbow) is aiming to return to the Orioles around July 23 … The Yankees signed left-hander J.C. Romero to a minor league contract.


Drew Silva is a baseball editor for Rotoworld and also contributes on NBC Sports' Hardball Talk. He can be found on Twitter.
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