Bartolo Colon Fails Drug Test, Suspended 50 Games For Testosterone

Bartolo Colon has failed a drug test, leading to a 50-game suspension. For more on the A's,

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Twitter Reaction To Bartolo Colon's Suspension

On Wednesday, the MLB suspended Oakland A's starter Bartolo Colon 50 games for testing positive for testosterone. Colon has been a key piece to the A's success this season. Oakland is currently tied for the second wild card spot and is second place in the A.L. West behind the Texas Rangers. This season, Colon posted a 10-9 record with a 3.43 ERA, 1.21 WHIP in 152.1 innings pitched for Oakland.

Here's the reaction from around Twitter on Colon's suspension:

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Bartolo Colon Suspension: Tyson Ross To Take His Rotation Spot, According To Billy Beane

In light of the news that Bartolo Colon will be suspended for 50 games due to a failed drug test, the Oakland Athletics find themselves in need of a starter for Colon's scheduled start Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Billy Beane announced on Wednesday that Tyson Ross will be called up from Triple-A Sacramento to make the start. Ross spent April, May and part of June with the A's, struggling to a 2-8 record with a 6.35 ERA. In 13 Triple-A starts since being demoted, Ross is 5-2 with a 2.74 ERA.

Ross is not necessarily a long term plan. The team recently demoted rookie Dan Straily to make room for Brett Anderson, and have to wait ten days before they can recall him. Ross will likely be pitching start to start, looking to give the A's a reason to keep him in the rotation indefinitely. If he struggles, the team would bring back Straily, and could bring him back anyway given how well he was pitching before Anderson returned.

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Bartolo Colon Fails Drug Test, Suspended 50 Games For Testosterone

Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon has been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for testosterone, according to report.

Colon has been solid for the A's in 2012, posting a 10-9 record with a 3.43 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and a 23/91 BB/K ratio in 152.1 innings pitched for Oakland.

Colon had a resurgent 2011 season after he underwent a controversial stem-cell treatment in his pitching elbow, leading him to post a 8-10 record with a 4.00 ERA with the New York Yankees. He was completely out of professional baseball in 2010.

Just last week, San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera tested positive for testosterone as well, getting the same 50-game ban.

For more in depth discussion and top notch analysis of everything Oakland Athletics, make sure that you head over to Athletics Nation. For more on this unfortunate suspension and the rest of MLB in general, make your way over to Baseball Nation.

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