A's sign Colon to one-year deal

November 3, 2012, 8:29 pm
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The Oakland As agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Bartolo Coln on a one-year contract for the 2013 season, the club announced Saturday afternoon.

Coln was 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA in 24 starts with the As in 2012 when he was suspended for 50 games Aug. 22 after testing positive for Testosterone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseballs Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

His 3.43 ERA was the second lowest of his career and he averaged just 1.36 walks per nine innings, which was the lowest mark of his career. The 39-year-old right-hander was 6-7 with a 4.22 ERA over his first 15 starts before going on the disabled list with a strained right oblique.

He was reinstated July 3 and went 4-2 with a 2.30 ERA over his final nine starts. Coln is currently pitching for Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League and is 1-0 with a 2.89 ERA in two starts.

Colon was hit in the mouth by a line drive last Sunday, and although he avoided any fractures, he did need six stitches to close the cut he sustained above his chin.

The 15-year veteran still has five games remaining on his suspension. He won't be eligible to pitch until the A's sixth game of 2013 against their newest division rival, the Houston Astros.

Oakland A's media services contributed to this report.

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