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Chris Colabello | First Baseman

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/24/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 218
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Blue Jays claimed 1B/OF Chris Colabello off waivers from the Twins.
Colabello got off to a hot start with the Twins this past season, but he struggled after being hit on the thumb by a pitch in late April and ended up with a .229/.282/.380 batting line over 59 games. The 31-year-old was unlikely to have a role with Minnesota in 2015, but he could function as a right-handed bench bat for Toronto. Dec 8 - 2:48 PM

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Chris Colabello will not require surgery on his right thumb.

Colabello was hit on the thumb by a pitch back on April 23 and suffered through discomfort for the rest of the season, but doctors are confident that rest will do the trick. The 31-year-old hopes to start his normal offseason routine in the next week or so. Following the emergence of Kennys Vargas, it's not clear how he fits into the Twins' plans for 2015.
Dec 8 - 11:58 AM

Chris Colabello is scheduled to undergo X-rays and an MRI on his right thumb this week.

Colabello has been bothered by discomfort in the thumb since getting jammed by a Grant Balfour pitch on April 23 in Tampa Bay. That set off an 8-for-73 slump, and he finished the 2014 season with a rough .229/.282/.380 slash line. It's not clear how Colabello fits into the Twins' plans for 2015. There's talk that he might be shopped to a Korean team.
Oct 23 - 9:32 AM

Twins optioned 1B/OF Chris Colabello to Triple-A Rochester.

Colabello continues to shuffle back and forth between the Twins and Rochester whenever they need an available roster spot, in this case it's for Trevor May who is making his MLB debut on Saturday. Colabello is hitting just .229/.282/.380 with six homers and 39 RBI in his 205 at-bats on the season.
Aug 9 - 7:59 AM

Chris Colabello went 1-for-4 and drove home a pair of runs in Friday's loss to the White Sox.

Colabello's two-run single off John Danks in the sixth inning pulled the Twins to within 8-3, but that would be as close as they'd get. He has seen increased playing time at first base with Joe Mauer on the shelf, but remains a fringe fantasy option in all but AL-only formats.
Jul 25 - 11:08 PM

Chris Colabello went 2-for-3 with a double, a homer and two RBI in a loss to the Yankees on Sunday.

Colabello has been producing since being recalled on July 2, collecting two doubles and two home runs in three games. It's worth noting he enjoyed a similarly hot start to the season before being demoted. The 30-year-old is hitting .245/.294/.434 overall.
Jul 6 - 6:44 PM

Twins recalled 1B/OF Chris Colabello from Triple-A Rochester.

Colabello was optioned in late May after hitting .232/.280/.377 with four homers and 30 RBI for the big club. He batted .275/.347/.473 with six homers and 27 RBI over 36 games for Rochester to earn his way back. Colabello should see some time at first base while Joe Mauer (oblique) is out.
Jul 2 - 10:59 AM

Twins optioned 1B Chris Colabello to Triple-A Rochester.

Colabello began the season on a tear at the plate, and has racked up 30 RBI on the season, but is hitting just .118/.151/.196 with one homer and three RBI in his last 15 games. He should be back with the Twins at some point this season.
May 25 - 7:20 PM

Chris Colabello could be optioned to Triple-A Rochester before Monday's game.

Josh Willingham (wrist) and Oswaldo Arcia will be added back to the Twins' roster, and it sounds like Colabello could lose his spot. "He's not swinging very well right now," manager Ron Gardenhire said. Colabello was a great story in April when he batted .295/.343/.484 with three homers and 27 RBI, but he's been a disaster so far in May with a .125/.169/.196 batting line and 23 strikeouts over 59 plate appearances.
May 25 - 2:04 PM

Chris Colabello went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts against the Red Sox on Monday and is 7-for-52 with 23 strikeouts this month.

As a result of his early barrage, Colabello is still in the top 10 in baseball with 30 RBI. However, just three of them have come in May. At this point, he looks like a weak link for the Twins, and there'd be a good case for demoting him to make room for the returning Josh Willingham.
May 15 - 4:56 PM

Chris Colabello went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Indians.

Indians starter Josh Tomlin held the Twins' offense at bay for most of the night until Colabello was able to drive a fly ball over the fence in left-center in the seventh inning. The blast marked his fourth of the season. Colabello ranks fifth in baseball with 28 RBI and is currently enjoying a productive .270/.315/.451 slash line, though it had been lowered noticeably by a recent slump.
May 6 - 9:35 PM

Chris Colabello singled and struck out twice in Saturday's win over the Orioles.

Per Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the single was the first ball Colabello hit into the outfield in eight days. Including Saturday, he's hitting .100 (3-for-30) with nine strikeouts over his last seven games. Regression is a heck of a thing.
May 3 - 5:28 PM

Chris Colabello went 2-for-6 with a home run and four runs batted in as the Twins beat the Rays in 12 innings on Wednesday.

Colabello had a big game, driving a two-run home run off of Jake Odorizzi in the fourth inning, and breaking a 4-4 tie in the top of the 12th with a two-run single off of Josh Lueke. Colabello, who rejected an offer to play in Korea during the off-season, has had a remarkable start to the season, currently leading the American League with 26 RBI.
Apr 24 - 12:01 AM

Chris Colabello went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Rays.

Those waiting for Colabello's insane production to fall off will continue to wait, as he took David Price deep for his second home run of the season in Tuesday's loss. Home runs is one of the only categories in which he's not among the league leaders, as he leads the AL with 22 RBI, is third in batting average (.347) and fourth in OPS (.945) through 19 games.
Apr 22 - 10:27 PM

Chris Colabello went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI as the Twins came from behind to beat the Blue Jays 9-5 in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader.

Twins hitters walked eight times in a six-run eighth to take the lead, and Glen Perkins finished off the doubleheader sweep from there. Colabello went 5-for-7 with four RBI on the day. He has just one homer in 53 at-bats, which is a modest surprise, but he's driven in an AL-leading 19 runs.
Apr 17 - 11:31 PM