Bartolo Colon suspended for using testosterone
CHICAGO -- It's been a bad week for former Yankees who play in the Bay Area.
A week ago, it was Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera getting whacked with a 50-game suspension after testing positive for testosterone.
Wednesday, it was the Athletics' Bartolo Colon, who went 8-10 with a 4.00 ERA last season with the Yankees, earning the same penalty for also testing positive for testosterone.
"I apologize to the fans, to my teammates and to the Oakland A's," Colon said in a statement released by the players' association. "I accept responsibility for my actions and I will serve my suspension as required by the joint drug program."
The 39-year-old Colon, 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA for the A's in the thick of the AL wild-card race, will miss the final 40 games of the regular season and the first 10 games of the postseason should Oakland qualify and play that many games.
"It's sad, again," Joe Girardi said, also referencing Cabrera. "Obviously, the idea behind the testing is to keep everything fair and to keep people from doing things. It's sad."
And, Girardi said, a little more disappointing when it's two players he previously managed. "Obviously, there's a relationship there, so it probably hurts a little bit more because you appreciate what they've done for you and you have a liking for those guys," Girardi said. "It does hurt a little more."
The Yankees didn't express much interest in bringing Colon back in 2012.
Before the 2011 season, Colon had a procedure in which fat and bone marrow stem cells were injected into his right elbow and shoulder. Dr. Joseph Purita, an orthopedic surgeon and member of a regenerative medicine clinic in Boca Raton, Fla., who did the procedure, was interviewed by MLB in June 2011 and said the process didn't involve performance enhancing drugs.
"This is no different than doing Tommy John surgery," Purita told Newsday's John Jeansonne in an interview May 12, 2011. "Taking somebody's own tissue to rehabilitate an injury. All you're doing is transferring cells from one part of the body to another."
Colon was the fifth major-leaguer suspended this season and Girardi said he couldn't answer why it keeps happening.
"I think it's working," he said of the testing. "Hopefully, there's a point where we won't have to deal with this but I don't think that's ever going to happen. Everyone's always trying to get ahead."