Colon faces potential suspension for past PED use

Colon faces potential suspension for past PED use
June 4, 2013, 6:15 pm
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An ESPN report named Bartolo Colon as one of the players who faces potential scrutiny from the MLB for connections to Biogenesis. (AP Images)

Bartolo Colon, who served a 50-game suspension last year for PED use and was still re-signed by the A's this offseason, is in the midst of a renaissance season having turned 40 years old last month.

The burly right-hander is also facing a potential 100-game suspension, which would essentially end his season and, potentially, his career early, according to a Tuesday evening report by ESPN.

Per the report, "Major League Baseball will seek to suspend about 20 players connected to the Miami-area clinic at the heart of an ongoing performance-enhancing drug scandal, including Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, possibly within the next few weeks."

Colon's name was among those found in the company Biogenesis of America documents, along with the likes of former Giants left fielder Melky Cabrera, Texas right fielder Nelson Cruz and former A's lefty Gio Gonzalez, though the current Washington starter is not expected to be suspended because he is thought to have used only legal supplements.

Colon's suspension last year was for a failed drug test (testosterone) while this potential 100-game ban would seemingly be for a different reason -- being associated with the wellness clinic at the heart of a PED investigation. Tony Bosch, who ran the now-closed Biogenesis, has told MLB he will testify about his relationship with players and PEDs they allegedly acquired through him, per numerous reports.

Of course, any suspensions doled out by MLB would then have to go through an appeal process, likely a lengthy one.

The A's are in Milwaukee and Colon is scheduled to start Wednesday afternoon's series finale. He is coming of a five-hit shutout of the Chicago White Sox on Friday at the O.co Coliseum in which he became just the second pitcher in Oakland history to author a shutout, joining Don Sutton, and was the first American League pitcher to throw a shutout at age 40 or older since Curt Schilling did it on June 7, 2007.

Colon is 6-2 with a 3.33 ERA and has walked just four batters for an average of 0.51 per nine innings, the lowest such mark in the big leagues. He is also leading the A.L. in strikeout-to-walk ratio (10.50) and is tied for most complete games (2) and shutouts (2)

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