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Chris Colabello | First Baseman

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/24/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 234
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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

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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

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.
Sun, May 25, 2014 02:04:00 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.
Thu, May 15, 2014 04:56:00 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.
Tue, May 6, 2014 09:35:00 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.
Sat, May 3, 2014 05:28:00 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.
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 12:01:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Dioner Navarro
3Josh Thole
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2Matt Hague
3Daric Barton
4Jake Fox
2B1Maicer Izturis
2Ryan Goins
3Steve Tolleson
4Ramon Santiago
SS1Jose Reyes
2Jonathan Diaz
3Munenori Kawasaki
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Danny Valencia
LF1Michael Saunders
2Dayan Viciedo
3Andy Dirks
4Chris Dickerson
CF1Dalton Pompey
2Kevin Pillar
3Ezequiel Carrera
4Anthony Alford
RF1Jose Bautista
2Caleb Gindl
DH1Justin Smoak
2Chris Colabello
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1R.A. Dickey
2Mark Buehrle
3Drew Hutchison
4Marcus Stroman
5Aaron Sanchez
6Marco Estrada
7Daniel Norris
8Johan Santana
9Andrew Albers
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brett Cecil
2Aaron Loup
3Todd Redmond
4Chad Jenkins
5Ryan Tepera
6Scott Barnes
7Preston Guilmet
8Matt West
9Gregory Infante
10Jeff Francis
11Scott Copeland
12Cory Burns
13Wilton Lopez
14Greg Burke