A's plan to keep scuffling Colon on turn

A's plan to keep scuffling Colon on turn
August 14, 2013, 5:00 pm
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Bartolo Colon has given the A's just 6 2/3 combined innings over his last two starts against the Reds and Astros. (AP)

OAKLAND -- Despite consecutive nightmarish -- by his standards of late, anyway -- starts, Bartolo Colon remains on track to make his next scheduled start, A's manager Bob Melvin said Wednesday.

"There are no changes in the foreseeable future," Melvin said.

Meaning Colon should take the hill again Sunday against Cleveland.

Colon, 40, has lasted a combined 6 2/3 innings in his last two outings, at Cincinnati and against Houston Tuesday night, while compiling an unsightly ERA of 13.50. And with 154 1/3 innings pitched thus far this season, he is a mere 11 innings away from his most since 2005, when he won the Cy Young Award. And we already mentioned the part about him being 40, right?

All of which makes you wonder if the A's would do right by Colon, who insists he's not tired, by resting him with a skipped start or two.

"Every pitcher goes through struggles," Melvin said. "He's been awfully consistent for us."

Before his last two outings, Colon had 15 straight starts of going at least six innings with three or fewer runs allowed.

"I don't know if it would help that much," Melvin said, pointing out that Colon had seven days of rest before his start against the Reds.

Melvin, though, did say the A's would consider giving Colon a rest, "if he feels he needs it," Melvin said.

"He'll continue to search mechanically," to see if something is amiss.