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Wednesday August 22, 2012

Oakland Pitcher Bartolo Colon Given 50 Game Suspension, Tests Positive for Banned Substance

Oakland Pitcher Bartolo Colon Given 50 Game Suspension, Tests Positive for Banned Substance

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Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon has been given a 50 game suspension, that may carry into next season for testing positive for testosterone, a banned performance-enhancing substance.

The suspension is effective immediately and will take the 2005 American League Cy Young Award winner out for the rest of the season and into play-off season if the A’s make it.  The team is close to being a wild card for the American League. 

The 39-year-old player was born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and came to the U.S.  as an amateur free agent in 1993 for the Cleveland Indians. 

He currently enjoying a 10-9 season with a 3.43 ERA.  His suspension comes on the heals of Giants outfielder’s Melky Cabrera’s 50-game suspension on August 15th for testing positive also for testosterone.