(NEW YORK) — Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for testosterone, the MLB announced on Wednesday.
The former Cy Young award winner was 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA with Oakland this season. The news comes one week after Giants’ outfielder Melky Cabrera tested positive for testosterone as well.
“The Oakland Athletics are disappointed to learn of today’s suspension of pitcher Bartolo Colon,” the team said in a statement. “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 Athletics are currently .5 games out of the second Wild Card spot in the American League and were hoping Colon would be able to lead them towards a playoff push.
“I apologize to the fans, to my teammates and to the Oakland A’s,” Colon said in a statement released by the MLB Players Association. “I accept responsibility for my actions and I will serve my suspension as required by the Joint Drug Program.”
Colon was scheduled to start Thursday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
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