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Colon who learned Friday he has a rotator cuff problem could miss the rest of the season. The Los Angeles Angels right-hander had an MRI exam which revealed a partial thickness tear of the rotator cuff, requiring aggressive rehab. Angels general manager Bill Stoneman said surgery was not mentioned during his conversation with the team doctor.
Colon left after the first inning of the Angels' game at the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Wednesday with right elbow irritation. The right-hander gave up four runs and four hits, including home runs by Rocco Baldelli and Ty Wigginton. He was replaced by Kevin Gregg.
Colon struggled in his third minor league rehab start, giving up six earned runs and nine hits. He struck out one and hit a batter, but did not walk anyone. The Los Angeles Angels ace has been on the disabled since April 19 with inflammation in his right shoulder.
The Angels said on Friday that Colon will make one more minor league appearance before the team will decide what to do with the right-hander. The 2005 AL Cy Young winner is recovering from a shoulder injury that put him on the disabled list on April 19. "I think he feels good about where he is, but he's not quite where he feels he wants to be before he goes back on the mound," manager Mike Scioscia said.
Colon pitched four shutout innings on Thursday for Class A Rancho Cucamonga of the California League in his first rehab start since going on the disabled listed on April 19. Colon threw 47 pitches and retired eight straight batters at one point."The arm's not bothering me at all, so I just want to take it easy, and hopefully the injury won't come back," Colon said through a translator. "I just have to go out and throw my pitches."
The Los Angeles Angels placed Colon on the disabled list Wednesday with inflammation in his throwing shoulder. The American League's reigning Cy Young Award winner was examined by Twins physician Dr. John Steubs Tuesday and had an MRI exam Wednesday before the move was made, retroactive to Sunday. Right-hander Hector Carrasco will take Colon's turn in the Angels' rotation on Thursday.
Colon, last season's American League Cy Young Award winner, is in line to start Opening Day for the Angels. He allowed one run in 14 innings while helping the Dominican Republic advance to the inaugural World Baseball Classic's semifinals.
In a lopsided vote, Colon claimed the American League Cy Young Award on Tuesday. The Angels' right-hander became the franchise's first Cy Young winner since Dean Chance claimed the honor in 1964. The league leader with 21 wins, Colon was listed first or second on all 28 ballots. He finished 21-8 with a 3.48 ERA in 33 starts for the Angels, who depended on the right-hander to win the AL West in 2005.
An MRI exam of Colon's right shoulder revealed no structural damage, but the Angels' ace has suffered a muscle strain in the back of the shoulder. He will receive treatment for the injury for a few days before he is re-evaluated.
Colon has been left off the Los Angeles Angels roster for the American League Championship Series against the Chicago White Sox. The Angels' ace left his ALDS Game 5 start against the New York Yankees on Monday, after only 23 pitches, because of inflammation in his right shoulder. He was 21-8 with a 3.48 ERA this season.
Colon was roughed up for three home runs and six runs over five innings Sunday against Tampa Bay, but the Angels' righthander will come back on three days' rest to face division rival Oakland on Thursday. He enters Thursday's start with a 20-8 mark and 3.51 ERA in 32 outings.
Colon ended a streak of 30 straight seasons without a 20-game winner on the Angels' staff, when the 32-year-old righthander went seven innings for a key 2-1 win over Texas. He gave up one unearned run and four hits, struck out four and walked none to push his record to 20-7 with a 3.34 ERA. With their fourth straight win, the Angels stayed 1.5 games up on Oakland in the American League West.
On Thursday, the Detroit Tigers roughed up Colon in his first bid for his 20th win of 2005. The Angels' righthander allowed nine hits and seven earned runs over five innings, taking the loss and falling to 19-7 with a 3.46 ERA for the season. The loss allowed Oakland to pull into a first-place tie with Los Angeles in the American League West.
Despite recent discomfort in his back, Colon worked six innings of two-run ball on Saturday to defeat the Chicago White Sox for his 19th victory of the season. The Angels' righthander improved to 19-6 with a 3.23 ERA in 29 starts.
It's now more likely that Colon will be ready to face the Chicago White Sox on Saturday. The Angels' ace has been bothered by a painful back ailment, which forced him to leave his Sunday start against Seattle. The righthander has made progress this week and looks good to go.
Colon is scheduled to vie for his 19th win of 2005 on Saturday against the Chicago White Sox, the team with the best record in baseball. That start is up in the air, however, as the Angels' righthander still is plagued by a painful back condition that forced him out of his 18th win on Sunday.
Colon picked up his 18th win on Sunday, but had to be removed after five innings due to a sore back. He lasted five innings and gave up just two runs while striking out five before leaving the game. The Angels' ace has been dealing with pain all week, but knew he could get through five innings. He should be healthy enough to make his next start, but it may also be cut short if massage treatment this week does not completely cure the problem.
Colon became the American League's first 17-game winner Wednesday when he defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 3-1. He went 8.2 innings, losing a shutout in the ninth, allowing five hits and one walk.
Colon won his 16th game of the season, tying him with Jon Garland of the White Sox for the American League high, when he defeated the Boston Red Sox Thursday, 13-4.
Colon captured his 15th win of the year Saturday, allowing four hits and one run in eight innings of a 9-1 win over the Seattle Mariners, lowering his ERA to 3.44 in the process.