A’s hope Colon won’t have to serve any more time

The axe fell in Milwaukee Monday when Ryan Braun reversed course on his previous claims of innocence concerning drug use and accepted a 65-day suspension that will see him play no more for the Brewers this year.

Braun’s name was one of those caught up in Major League Baseball’s pursuit of performance-enhancing drug users centered round the Biogenesis lab in Florida. Another of those named in the original papers was A’s starter Bartolo Colon, but it seems that the 50-day suspension Colon served at the end of the 2012 season and through the first five games of this year is all the time Colon will have to serve.

    A’s manager Bob Melvin said “I remain consistent with my stance,’’ when asked about Colon.

Simply put, Melvin believes that Colon has paid his price for dabbling in the world of PEDs and that should be the end of it.

It seems that Major League Baseball has bigger fish to fry and no one seems anxious to put Colon and Melky Cabrera, also suspended about the same time last year, through double jeopardy.

It’s not a small matter for the A’s. Oakland is 16 games over .500 and in first place in the American League West entering Monday’s series-opener against the Astros in Houston. By himself Colon is 10 games over .500 (13-3) and if he were to be lost to the club, the A’s would be in a world of hurt.

Yes, Brett Anderson is due back from his stress fracture injury sooner rather than later, but there’s no way to know if he will be as effective as he was last year, much less if he’ll be as effective as Colon has been this year.

Any uncertainty over Colon is certain to impact the July 31 trade deadline. The A’s have been assumed to have enough pitching to use in a deal to beef up the roster, perhaps at second base, but if there’s any belief that Colon might be taken away from them, the A’s would see their depth strained to make any kind of impact deal.

John Hickey

A longtime baseball writer three years into in his second go-round covering to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.

  • bob finucane

    Can you explain to me why Barry Bonds didn’t get a brief suspension? Or, why is Ryan Braun’s treatment so much more favorable?

  • Brian

    They need to just ban all players caught cheating. Do it to a couple and everyone else will stop. No little 50 game bans. A real ban. All wins should be taken away from the cheater’s team too. That would really send a message. If the A’s lost Colon’s ten wins last year they would have missed the playoffs and Colon would be hated.