Oakland Athletics ace Bartolo Colon has not performed well in his last two starts, and we may know why.
On Saturday, the A’s placed Colon on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain. Colon is 14-5 with a 2.97 ERA in 24 starts this year, but has struggled recently.
He is winless in his last three starts and has lost his last two. On Aug. 7, Colon lasted just 2.2 innings against the Reds in Cincinnati, allowing five runs on seven hits and three walks. His stats were very similar in his next start, at home against the Astros four days ago.
“He certainly doesn’t want to (rest),” Melvin told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. “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 breat at this point in time might be good for him.”
To replace Colon in the rotation, the A’s called up Tommy Milone from Triple-A Sacramento. Milone is 9-9 with a 4.39 ERA in 22 starts this season, but has been very inconsistent. He allowed six runs in 3.2 innings in his last big league start on Aug. 2. Milone will start tomorrow against the Indians.