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Chris Colabello | Outfielder

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/24/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 234
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Chris Colabello was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer Friday against the Mariners.
His ninth-inning blast off Fernando Rodney made things interesting, but Toronto's rally ultimately fell short. Colabello has been great since coming up from the minors earlier this month, batting .381 with two home runs, five doubles, and a .990 OPS over 17 games. Of course, he had a big start with the Twins last year before inevitably coming back down to Earth, so we wouldn't get too carried away in fantasy leagues. May 22 - 10:12 PM

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Chris Colabello went 4-for-4 with a double and a steal versus the Yankees on Wednesday.

Colabello isn't out there for his defense, but the Jays figure he might be their best option in left field with Jose Bautista and Michael Saunders banged up. If the outfield returns to full healthy, Colabello probably won't have much of a role.
May 6 - 9:59 PM

Blue Jays recalled 1B Chris Colabello from Triple-A Buffalo.

The 31-year-old Colabello has been smashing the ball in Buffalo, hitting .337 with five home runs and a .975 OPS over 23 games. He started out red-hot for the Twins last season before cooling off. Keep an eye on him to see if he jumps out to a fast start when given at-bats, but he's most likely not going to be roster-able in any league other than the deepest AL-only ones. Jonathan Diaz was optioned to Triple-A to make room for the first baseman.
May 5 - 2:21 PM

The Blue Jays are calling up Chris Colabello from Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday, reports Shi Davidi of

The corresponding roster move isn't yet known. Colabello, 31, is batting .337 with five home runs and a .975 OPS over his first 23 games in Triple-A this season. He's capable of playing first base and the outfield.
May 5 - 9:23 AM

Chris Colabello went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer against the Orioles on Friday.

The homer came off righty Mike Wright. If Colabello is going to make the Jays this year, it will be to play against lefties, possibly in a platoon with Justin Smoak.
Mar 6 - 6:06 PM

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

Colabello was designated for assignment last week, but pass through waivers unclaimed. He'll be in spring training with Toronto.
Feb 11 - 3:32 PM

Blue Jays designated 1B/OF Chris Colabello for assignment.

Colabello was claimed off waivers from the Twins in December. The 31-year-old was DFA'd to make room for newly acquired Jayson Aquino on the 40-man roster. He'll likely end up in a club's camp this spring.
Feb 4 - 6:20 PM

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.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 02:48:00 PM

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.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 11:58:00 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.
Thu, Oct 23, 2014 09:32:00 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.
Sat, Aug 9, 2014 07:59:00 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.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 11:08:00 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.
Sun, Jul 6, 2014 06:44:00 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.
Wed, Jul 2, 2014 10:59:00 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.
Sun, May 25, 2014 07:20:00 PM

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3Josh Thole
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2B1Devon Travis
2Maicer Izturis
3Steve Tolleson
SS1Jose Reyes
2Ryan Goins
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Danny Valencia
LF1Michael Saunders
2Chris Colabello
CF1Kevin Pillar
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Justin Smoak
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S1Drew Hutchison
2R.A. Dickey
3Mark Buehrle
4Aaron Sanchez
5Marco Estrada
6Marcus Stroman
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2Aaron Loup
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4Steve Delabar
5Liam Hendriks
6Ryan Tepera
7Todd Redmond
8Scott Copeland