Oakland A’s pitcher Bartolo Colon has been suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball for violating the league’s drug policy. According to multiple reports, Colon tested positive for testosterone. The A’s released the following statement regarding Colon’s suspension:
“The Oakland Athletics are disappointed to learn of today’s suspension of pitcher Bartolo Colón. The organization fully supports Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and its efforts to eliminate performance-enhancing substances from our game. Per the Basic Agreement, the A’s will have no further comment.”
The A’s are a surprise contender in the AL West this season and Colon had been a major part of their success, posting a 10-9 record with a 3.43 ERA in 24 starts.
Colon’s suspension comes just a week after San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera’s 50-game suspension for a similar positive testosterone test. Oakland is currently 66-56 and 5 games behind the Texas Rangers in the AL West standings.