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Ron Washington: "I Feel Sorry" For Colon

A's starter Bartolo Colon was suspended 50 games this week after testing positive for testosterone




    Old school baseball guy that he is, Rangers’ manager Ron Washington is never happy to see a player’s season end early, particularly due to a violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment agreement. But there’s little doubt that Bartolo Colon’s 50-game suspension will only hurt the A’s already slim chances of catching the Rangers in the race for the AL West crown.

    "I feel sorry for both [Colon] and Cabrera, because I always had respect for them," Washington told the Rangers’ official website. "He was the veteran that was holding that young Oakland A's staff together. They'll get over it, but I think initially it'll affect them because it'll put added pressure on other people. Melky, I thought he was an offensive juggernaut in San Francisco."

    As Washington suggested, Colon was the unquestioned veteran leader of a very young rotation in Oakland, and a pretty good one at that. Colon was 10-9 with a 3.49 ERA at the time of his suspension. He would’ve pitched tonight for the A’s but, instead, he’s very likely done for 2012.

    "All I can say is to not mess with Major League Baseball. They will get you," Washington said. "That just shows that the drug program is working. I don't think people are just trying to beat the system in baseball. They're trying to beat the system everywhere. I don't care what they've got in place, there will always be people trying to beat the system."