Ben Enos filling in for Joe Stiglich
Just when you thought the A’s gave people all the news they could handle yesterday, things got even crazier today. Major League Baseball announced that starting pitcher Bartolo Colon has been suspended for 50 games for testing positive for testosterone.
For all the details and reaction from general manager Billy Beane, manager Bob Melvin and pitcher Grant Balfour, check out the ever-updating story.
As the news broke, several players found out by watching the crawl on clubhouse televisions. As you might expect, it caught pretty much everyone off guard. General manager Billy Beane held a closed-door team meeting before the team went out to stretch, then he and manager Bob Melvin addressed the media.
Beane said he found out this morning, and the immediate concern was to figure out what the team would do with Colon’s scheduled start tomorrow. After saying they were still trying to make that decision, Beane eventually said that it will be Tyson Ross who gets the ball tomorrow in Tampa Bay.
From a big picture standpoint, the loss of Colon hurts in a big way. He was 10-9 on the season and was a veteran presence on a very young staff. Perhaps softening the blow a little is the return of Brett Anderson, who pitched extremely well in his first game back on Tuesday. But, there’s no question that losing Colon is a blow to a team full of youngsters.
Moving forward, Ross gets the ball tomorrow but it’s probably a safe bet that Dan Straily makes his way back when eligible. Beane said it’s more likely the A’s will turn to their organizational depth to fill the void than make a move.
Alright, now that you’re caught up on the news of the day, there’s still a game to be played. Tommy Milone takes the hill against Liam Hendriks, and the A’s try to win the series before heading to Tampa Bay tonight.
A’s: Crisp CF, Drew SS, Reddick RF, Cespedes LF, Carter 1B, Smith DH, Donaldson 3B, Kottaras C, Pennington 2B. Milone P.
Twins: Revere CF, Casilla 2B, Mauer 1B, Willingham LF, Doumit DH, Carson RF, Plouffe 3B, Butera C, Florimon SS. Hendriks P.