Prior to the game Saturday afternoon, A’s manager Bob Melvin that A’s ace pitcher, Bartolo Colon, will be placed on the 15-day disabled list following a straining groin that he suffered Friday while doing flat-ground work.
“He came in today and it was sore again, so this is the prudent thing to do,” Melvin said during his pre-game media session.
“He certainly doesn’t want to (rest). He wants to make every start he can. Based on the fact he’s had a great season for us and he’s a guy we’ve leaned on pretty hard and has 14 wins to this point, it’s not easy. You always want him to be able to pitch, but maybe with his age and so forth, a little break at this point in time might be good for him.”
Colon has struggled his last two starts, allowing five earned runs in both and failing to make it beyond four innings in either. The two weeks off could help the 40-year old rest up for a tight pennant race with the Texas Rangers and hopefully a deep run into October when the A’s will really need his presence on the mound in the short-series format of the playoffs.
Coming up to start in Colon’s place is Tommy Milone. Milone, optioned to Triple-A, has made two starts for the River Cats and posted an impressive 1.74 ERA against the minor league competition.
He was a key contributor to the A’s rotation last season, though he has struggled with consistency this season. His re-insertion into the A’s rotation breaks up what had become an all-righty rotation.
Also adding insurance in case Colon’s stay on the disabled list goes beyond the planned 15 days, Melvin announced that the A’s would now use Brett Anderson as a starter for the River Cats as he continues his rehab rather than the original plan of using him out of the bullpen upon his return.
“You never know how things go from here,” Melvin said. “We looked at it and after the Bartolo situation today we felt it was probably the right thing to do.”
The hope would be that Anderson can step in and pitch as he did when he returned to the A’s rotation in August last season. The lefty was 4-2 with a 2.57 ERA in six starts upon returning from Tommy John surgery during the 2012 season. He was 1-4 with a 6.21 ERA before going on the disabled list with a fractured foot earlier this season.