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Chris Colabello | First Baseman | #15

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/24/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Assumption
Drafted: 2006 / UDFA / DET
Contract: view contract details

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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. Dec 6 - 10:36 AM

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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.
Dec 2 - 8:29 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.
Jul 25 - 2:58 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.
Jul 24 - 9:04 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.
Jul 20 - 4:28 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.
Jul 13 - 10:22 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.
Jul 13 - 10:51 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.
Apr 22 - 4:08 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.
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

Depth Charts

C1Russell Martin
2A.J. Jimenez
3Michael Ohlman
1B1Steve Pearce
2Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3Lourdes Gurriel
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Ryan Goins
LF1Melvin Upton
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
3Dalton Pompey
RF1Darrell Ceciliani
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Francisco Liriano
6Casey Lawrence
Relief Pitcher
R1Roberto Osuna
2Jason Grilli
3Joe Biagini
4Aaron Loup
5Chris Smith
6Ryan Tepera
7Matt Dermody
8Danny Barnes
9Dominic Leone
10Leonel Campos
11Jarrett Grube
12Brett Oberholtzer
13Glenn Sparkman