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Chris Colabello | First Baseman | #15

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/24/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Assumption
Drafted: 2006 / UDFA / DET
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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. Apr 22 - 4:08 PM

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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.
Apr 10 - 10:55 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.
Apr 3 - 12:00 PM

Chris Colabello went 3-for-4 with a triple, a double and two RBI against the Tigers on Tuesday.

Colabello was a big asset in hitting .321/.367/.520 in 333 at-bats for the Jays last year. He'll play mostly against lefties if everyone is healthy, but he could always see his role expanded when injuries strike.
Mar 22 - 5:07 PM

Chris Colabello went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and two strikeouts in Wednesday's 7-1 win over the Royals in Game 5 of the ALCS.

Colabello got the Jays' scoring party started in the bottom of the second inning when he cracked an absolute bomb of a solo home run off Royals starter Edinson Volquez. The homer was his first of the postseason and gave him his first RBI. While the 31-year-old outfielder wouldn't work another hit in the contest, the Blue Jays would eventually break Game 5 open with a four-run sixth inning.
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 07:26:00 PM

Chris Colabello will start at first base and bat fifth for Wednesday's Game 5 of the ALDS against the Rangers.

Wednesday's is the same lineup the Blue Jays trotted out for Game 4. It appears as follows: Ben Revere LF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Jose Bautista RF, Edwin Encarnacion DH, Chris Colabello 1B, Troy Tulowitzki SS, Russell Martin C, Kevin Pillar CF, Ryan Goins 2B. Marcus Stroman will take the ball against Rangers starter Cole Hamels, with the winner of the game moving on to face the winner of the Astros-Royals series in the ALCS.
Wed, Oct 14, 2015 01:15:00 PM

Chris Colabello is starting at first base for the Blue Jays in Game 4 of the ALDS on Monday.

Justin Smoak will be on the bench with the Rangers throwing left-hander Derek Holland. The full lineup for the Jays, who need to win to force a Game 5 back in Toronto: Ben Revere LF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Jose Bautista RF, Edwin Encarnación DH, Chris Colabello 1B, Troy Tulowitzki SS, Russell Martin C, Kevin Pillar CF, Ryan Goins 2B. R.A. Dickey will be on the mound in Arlington, Texas for his first career postseason start.
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 12:24:00 PM

Chris Colabello is expected to start Game 3 of the ALDS against the Rangers on Sunday.

It's an easy call for manager John Gibbons with left-hander Martin Perez getting the start for Texas. Colabello batted .308 against southpaws this year while Toronto's other first baseman, Justin Smoak, hit only .256. Colabello went 2-for-5 in Game 2.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 05:08:00 PM

Chris Colabello is starting at first base and batting sixth Friday in Game 2 of the ALDS.

Justin Smoak drew the start against a righty in Game 1, but it's Colabello in there for Game 2 versus left-hander Cole Hamels. Colabello hit seven homers over 99 plate appearances against southpaws this season, although worth noting is that Hamels has actually fared slightly better versus righties in his career.
Fri, Oct 9, 2015 09:36:00 AM

Chris Colabello had a nice night at the dish in a losing effort against the Orioles on Friday, going 3-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Colabello continues to swing a hot bat whenever he's given an opportunity in the Blue Jays lineup, slashing .330/.372/.525 with 13 homers and 49 RBI in 83 games.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 10:36:00 PM

Chris Colabello went 3-for-5 and hit his 12th homer Saturday against the Angels.

Colabello is hitting .330 with 12 homers and 48 RBI in 267 at-bats. If the Twins had their way, he'd be playing in Korea right now. They tried to sell him there last year, but he declined the move in the hopes of getting another chance in the majors.
Sun, Aug 23, 2015 01:18:00 AM

Chris Colabello delivered a three-run homer and an RBI single as the Blue Jays crushed the A's 10-3 on Wednesday.

Colabello and Justin Smoak both hit their 11th homers. When those two are contributing, there's really no stopping this Blue Jays lineup. Colabello seemed to be fading last month and lost some playing time as a result, but he's now working on a nine-game hitting streak.
Wed, Aug 12, 2015 11:01:00 PM

Chris Colabello went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in a losing effort against the White Sox on Monday.

Colabello broke a scoreless tie in the third inning with a solo home run to left-center off of Chris Sale. He has homered in back-to-back games and hasn't shown any signs of slowing down, batting .335/.373/.518 with eight home runs and 32 RBI.
Mon, Jul 6, 2015 10:19:00 PM

Chris Colabello went 2-for-4 and blasted his seventh home run of the season in a losing effort against the Tigers on Saturday.

Colabello continues to hammer the baseball, slashing an outstanding .335/.374/.505 with seven long balls and 31 RBI. He continues to be worth utilizing in mixed leagues until he cools off.
Sat, Jul 4, 2015 04:32:00 PM

Chris Colabello's solo home run in the top of the 12th inning was all the Blue Jays needed to capture a win over the Rays Wednesday.

There were only a total of 10 hits between the two clubs in the pitcher's duel, and Colabello's bomb to left-center that just snuck over the wall was the last one. The Jays removed Colabello from the 40-man roster back in February after they had claimed him off waivers, but they're glad he didn't get way from them now. He's hit .343/.383/.512 with six homers over 44 games this season.
Wed, Jun 24, 2015 04:08:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Josh Thole
1B1Justin Smoak
2Matt Dominguez
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Matt Dominguez
LF1Michael Saunders
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marcus Stroman
2Marco Estrada
3J.A. Happ
4R.A. Dickey
5Aaron Sanchez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Drew Storen
2Roberto Osuna
3Brett Cecil
4Aaron Loup
5Bo Schultz
6Franklin Morales
7Gavin Floyd
8Jesse Chavez
9Ryan Tepera
10Joe Biagini