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August 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Bartolo Colon suspended 50 games after testing positive for testosterone use

Talk about another playoff jolt given to a Bay Area team. Just a week after Melky Cabrera of the San Francisco Giants was suspended after testing positive for testosterone usage, pitcher Bartolo Colon of the Oakland Athletics has been docked 50 games for the same infraction.
This is a major jolt to the A’s, who began the day a half-game out in the AL wild-card hunt. The MLB Players’ Association released a statement on Colon’s behalf in which he says: “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.”
Colon was 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA in 24 starts for the A’s this season, including a 2-1 record and 2.89 ERA against the Mariners.
Remember all that talk about how the 39-year-old Colon appeared rejuvenated earlier this season? Well, I suppose that, now, we’ll have a better inkling of why. Sounds like MLB has another problem on its hands in regards to a certain performance enhancing drug. It used to be steroids. Now, it’s testosterone, which tends to be used in conjunction with Human Growth Hormone (HGH) — which is really the problem I’m getting at here.
MLB will say the positive tests prove the system works and that cheaters will be caught. Except for the ones who aren’t caught. Those, we’ll have to just guess at. One thing’s for sure: Colon and Cabrera have not done their fellow players any favors. The clean ones, anyway.
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For the Mariners, I suppose you could look at this as the weakening of one more wild-card opponent of the four teams still ahead of them on that front. Thing is, they have to get in the wild-card race first. The 7 1/2-game barrier they face is formidable. How formidable? Well, as of right now, Seattle is closer to AL cellar-dwellar Minnesota in the loss column than to second wild-card holder Baltimore.
Only way that’s going to change is for the Mariners to keep on winning. I mentioned a couple of days ago that if the M’s could come out of the next road trip on a swing of winning something like 13 of 15, they might have a chance. Well, they are 7-0 in that regard, so if they can go 6-2 the next eight games, that could eat up some needed ground before we roll into September.
Otherwise, let’s just look to see whether they can continue their strong play of late before we get too wrapped up in the standings.
Franklin Gutierrez is here this morning, taking a day off after a five-RBI game for Class AAA Tacoma yesterday. He met with manager Eric Wedge and GM Jack Zduriencik this morning so they could get a look at him before the team’s upcoming road trip.
Gutierrez will play a full nine inning game for Tacoma tomorrow. The Mariners won’t give a definitive timetable for his return. Nor even a vague one. My guess? If all continues to go well, the team will aim for a Sept. 1 return in which they can get him on to an expanded roster without having to make a corresponding move. That way, they will also get a full month’s look at him.
The lineups:
Indians (54-69)
22 Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
13 Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
17 Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF
41 Carlos Santana (S) DH
23 Michael Brantley (L) CF
35 Casey Kotchman (L) 1B
12 Ezequiel Carrera (L) LF
9 Jack Hannahan (L) 3B
6 Lou Marson C
34 Zach McAllister RHP
Mariners (60-64)
13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
55 Michael Saunders (L) CF
15 Kyle Seager (L) 3B
27 John Jaso (L) DH
63 Jesus Montero C
10 Eric Thames (L) RF
17 Justin Smoak (S) 1B
12 Trayvon Robinson (S) LF
26 Brendan Ryan SS
18 Hisashi Iwakuma RHP

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