A’s manager Bob Melvin announced that right-hander Bartolo Colon will come off the disabled list and start Thursday’s series finale at Detroit.
Colon has been out since Aug. 14 with a strained left groin, but he threw a bullpen session Monday and came out of it well. The 40-year-old was one of the major leagues’ top pitchers over the first half, earning an All-Star berth and anchoring Oakland’s rotation. His performance dropped off drastically in his two starts leading up to his D.L. stint.
Colon is 14-5 with a 2.97 ERA and three shutouts overall. But in his two outings before joining the injured list, both losses, he gave up 10 earned runs and 14 hits in just 6 2/3 innings. His velocity also dipped over those outings. But Melvin reported that Colon’s stuff looked lively and sharp in Monday’s session off the mound.
His return Thursday will provide an extra day of rest for starters Jarrod Parker and Sonny Gray, who presumably will be bumped back to Friday and Saturday. But Colon’s addition gives the A’s six starters in him, Parker, Gray, A.J. Griffin, Tommy Milone and Dan Straily. Someone will have to be removed assuming Colon remains in the rotation the rest of the season.
That group doesn’t include left-hander Brett Anderson, still on the D.L. with a foot injury but inching closer to a return. Indications are Anderson might come back as a reliever, but he’s also a rotation option.