Cy Young Winner Bartolo Colon Caught Doping

A's pitcher suspended 50 games after testing positive for testosterone

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Aug 22, 2012 4:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – Former Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon of the Oakland Athletics was suspended for 50 games today after testing positive for testosterone. Major League Baseball made the announcement one week after All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera of the San Francisco Giants received a 50-game suspension following a positive test for the same substance. Colon will miss the final 40 games of the season and the first 10 games of the playoffs if Oakland advances that far. Any remainder would be served in a future season.

"I apologize to the fans, to my teammates and to the Oakland A's," Colon said in a statement. "I accept responsibility for my actions and I will serve my suspension as required by the joint drug program." The 39-year-old Colon is 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA in 24 starts this season, his first with the A's, and has a 171-122 record in 15 big league seasons. A two-time All-Star, the burly right-hander won the 2005 AL Cy Young Award after going 21-8 for the Los Angeles Angels. (Click to read about Roger Clemens' return to professional ball at age 50.)

Oakland Athletics starter Bartolo Colon throws against the Chicago White Sox earlier this month.
Oakland Athletics starter Bartolo Colon throws against the Chicago White Sox earlier this month.   (Nam Y. Huh)
In this Aug. 12 photo, Oakland Athletics starter Bartolo Colon tosses the ball after Chicago White Sox's Gordon Beckham hit a two-run single.
In this Aug. 12 photo, Oakland Athletics starter Bartolo Colon tosses the ball after Chicago White Sox's Gordon Beckham hit a two-run single.   (Nam Y. Huh)
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