NPR : News

A's Pitcher Bartolo Colon Suspended For 50 Games After Failing Doping Test

The Oakland A's Bartolo Colon becomes the second player in a week to fail a doping test.

Major League Baseball said Colon is suspended 50 games because he tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone. It was the same thing that got the Giants' Melky Cabrera suspended last week.

"I apologize to the fans, to my teammates and to the Oakland A's," Colon said in a statement issued by the MLB Players Association and posted on MLB.com. "I accept responsibility for my actions and I will serve my suspension as required by the Joint Drug Program."

The San Francisco Chronicle reports:

"The A's were 1/2 game behind the Orioles and Rays in the American League wild card race going into Wednesday's game. ...

"'It's a shock,' A's reliever Grant Balfour said. 'He's a guy that we're definitely relying on right now. I guess you could say it's bad timing any time, but especially now.'"

Up until now, Colon was having a stellar season, arguably one of his best. He was 10-9 with a 3.48 ERA. His lifetime ERA is 4.05. The last time he had that good and ERA was in 2005, when he went 21-8 with a 3.48 ERA.

CBS Sports notes Colon is the fifth player this season to receive a suspension under baseball's drug program.

"The first four were Giants reliever Guillermo Mota, Phillies second baseman Freddy Galvis, former Cubs/Red Sox outfielder Marlon Byrd and Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera," CBS Sports reports.

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

Dean Jones, Herbie's Driver In Disney Movies, Dies At Age 84

Actor Dean Jones, who starred in The Love Bug, That Darn Cat! and other classic Walt Disney movies, also played the role of Bobby in the original Broadway cast of Stephen Sondheim's Company.
NPR

From Dock To Dish: A New Model Connects Chefs To Local Fishermen

Prominent chefs are signing up for restaurant-supported fisheries: They commit to buying fresh-caught seafood, whatever the species, from local small fishermen. A pilot program launched in California.

NPR

Fears Of Marijuana 'Monopoly' In Ohio Undercut Support For Legalization

Ohio will vote this fall on whether to legalize marijuana. The measure allows 10 growing sites; 10 groups of big investors already have dibs. Some would-be pot proponents are crying foul.
NPR

Yahoo CEO To Take Limited Leave After Giving Birth To Twins

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Slate DoubleX Gabfest's Hanna Rosin about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to take just two weeks worth of parental leave after having twins in December.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.