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Chris Colabello | First Baseman | #13

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/24/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Assumption
Drafted: 2006 / UDFA / DET
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Brewers signed 1B/OF Chris Colabello to a minor league contract.
Colabello was released by the Indians earlier this month after hitting just .225/.324/.333 with six homers at Triple-A Columbus. He's merely a depth addition. Jul 18 - 4:00 PM

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Indians released 1B/OF Chris Colabello.

The 33-year-old who inked a minor league deal in the offseason slashed just .225/.324/.333 with six homers, 36 RBI and a 75/34 K/BB ratio across 296 plate appearances at Triple-A Columbus. He'll look to latch on elsewhere.
Jul 8 - 11:15 AM

Chris Colabello homered and doubled in Italy's comeback win over Mexico in the World Baseball Classic on Thursday.

Colabello took Yovani Gallardo deep with a solo shot in the fifth inning and was in the middle of a five-run rally in the ninth with a double. Once he's done with the WBC, Colabello will return to Indians camp, where he's a non-roster invitee.
Mar 10 - 10:05 AM

Indians signed 1B/DH Chris Colabello to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Joe Trezza of MLB.com reported last week that deal was close. Colabello batted .321 with 15 homers and an .886 OPS over 101 games with the Blue Jays in 2015, but he appeared in just 10 games in the majors this past season and also served an 80-game PED suspension. The Indians could use some depth between first base and designated hitter, so it's not a bad buy-low.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 10:34:00 AM

Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports that Chris Colabello is nearing a minor league deal with the Indians which would include an invitation to spring training.

Colabello recently elected free agency rather than accept a demotion to the Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate. The 33-year-old appeared in just 10 games with the Blue Jays in 2016 and served an 80-game PED suspension, but he batted .321/.367/.520 with 15 home runs in 101 games in 2015. The Indians are in the market for depth at first base and designated hitter.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 11:51:00 PM

Chris Colabello has elected to become a free agent.

Colabello will test the open market rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A. The 33-year-old served an 80-game PED suspension in 2016 and appeared in just 10 games at the major league level.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 10:36:00 AM

Blue Jays sent 1B Chris Colabello outright to Triple-A Buffalo.

The 33-year-old missed the majority of the 2016 season due to an 80-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs and was very ineffective during his limited time at the big league level. He's no longer on the Blue Jays' 40-man roster.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 08:29:00 PM

Blue Jays optioned 1B Chris Colabello to Triple-A Buffalo.

Colabello was reinstated from his 80-game performance-enhancing drug suspension on Sunday, but the Blue Jays aren't ready to add him back to their active major league roster. The 32-year-old is batting just .189/.262/.324 on his 10-game rehab assignment.
Mon, Jul 25, 2016 02:58:00 PM

Blue Jays reinstated 1B Chris Colabello from the restricted list; designated him off the 25-man roster.

He's done with his PED suspension but won't be on the active roster. Colabello remains on the 40-man roster, but he'll just now have to work his way back up through the minors. Colabello was struggling before his suspension and hitting only .189/.262/.324 on his rehab assignment, so it's not a surprise that the Jays want him to continue to work on things in the minors.
Sun, Jul 24, 2016 09:04:00 AM

Chris Colabello struck out five times in a rehab game with Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday.

Colabello is serving out the tail-end of an 80-game suspension relating to a positive test for a performance enhancer. He will be eligible to return to the Blue Jays on July 23. Five strikeouts are never great, but this rehab assignment only serves the purpose of making sure that Colabello is seeing live at-bats prior to his return.
Wed, Jul 20, 2016 04:28:00 PM

Chris Colabello (suspension) went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk in the first game of a rehab assignment at High-A Dunedin.

Colabello is serving an 80-game suspension due to a positive test for the performance-enhancing drug dehydrochlormethyltestosterone and is eligible to return to major league action on July 23. In the meantime, he will take part in a rehab assignment in order to tune up his bat for summer play.
Wed, Jul 13, 2016 10:22:00 PM

Chris Colabello (suspension) is set to begin a rehab assignment with High-A Dunedin on Wednesday.

And he will be eligible to return from his 80-game performance-enhancing drug suspension on July 23. Colabello was issued the 80-game sentence back on April 22 when he tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. He had gotten off to a 2-for-29 (.069) start this season, after slashing .321/.367/.520 in 101 games for the Blue Jays in 2015.
Wed, Jul 13, 2016 10:51:00 AM

Major League Baseball suspended 1B Chris Colabello 80 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

The drug he tested positive for was dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. Colabello put up a surprising .321/.367/.520 batting line for the Blue Jays last season, but now we know he had some help. He's just 2-for-29 this year and will now have to sit out until July. Justin Smoak should handle most of the playing time at first base.
Fri, Apr 22, 2016 04:08:00 PM

Chris Colabello is not in the Blue Jays' lineup on Sunday against the Red Sox.

Josh Donaldson's calf injury has been bad news for Colabello, as Donaldson has been limited to designated hitter duty of late, pushing Edwin Encarnacion to first base. Colabello hasn't started since Wednesday, while Justin Smoak has made just one start so far this season.
Sun, Apr 10, 2016 10:55:00 AM

Chris Colabello is starting at first base and batting sixth against the Rays on Sunday.

Colabello was much better than Justin Smoak against righties last season (.326/.368/.500 versus .222/.302/.455), so he's getting the call versus Chris Archer. The Jays' lineup also features Kevin Pillar in the leadoff spot.
Sun, Apr 3, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Stephen Vogt
2Manny Pina
3Jett Bandy
4Andrew Susac
1B1Eric Thames
2Jesus Aguilar
2B1Neil Walker
2Jonathan Villar
3Eric Sogard
SS1Orlando Arcia
3B1Travis Shaw
LF1Ryan Braun
2Hernan Perez
CF1Keon Broxton
RF1Domingo Santana
2Quintin Berry
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jimmy Nelson
2Zach Davies
3Chase Anderson
4Brandon Woodruff
5Brent Suter
6Matt Garza
7Junior Guerra
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Corey Knebel
2Anthony Swarzak
3Jacob Barnes
4Oliver Drake
5Carlos Torres
6Jeremy Jeffress
7Josh Hader
8Jared Hughes
9Wei-Chung Wang
10Taylor Williams
11Aaron Wilkerson