It's not surprising that former Angels pitcher Bartolo Colón has been suspended for 50 games for using banned drugs as an Oakland A.
What is surprising is the drug the 39-year-old tested positive for: testosterone.
Those who recall the righty spilling out of his Halos uniform might have assumed it would be Fen-Phen.
Colón in 2005 became the first pitcher to win a Cy Young Award as an Angel since Dean Chance in 1964.
The Dominican went 21-8 with a 3.48 ERA that year, but he also partially tore his rotator cuff pitching against the Yankees in the '05 playoffs, spent all of '06 and the DL and after a middling '07 with the Halos in '07 signed with Boston in February '08.
The one-time Indian, Expo and Yankee–and two-time White Sox–signed with the A's in January and had compiled a 10-9 record with a 3.43 ERA before Wednesday's suspension. Colón had been red-hot since the All-Star break, going 4-2 with a 2.63 ERA in seven starts.
He issued this statement:
“I apologize to the fans, to my teammates and to the Oakland A's. I accept responsibility for my actions and I will serve my suspension as required by the Joint Drug Program.”
Colón becomes the second Bay Area baseball star to be suspended for testosterone in a week, as the Giants' Melky Cabrera also saw his season end.
At least Bart now has time to diet.