As expected, A's right-hander Bartolo Colon will not face additional discipline for his link to the Biogenesis investigation, Major League Baseball revealed Monday.
The New York Daily News initially reported last week that Colon's 50-game suspension for a failed drug test last season would serve as time served, so to speak.
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Earlier this season, as word of the scandal spread, Colon, 40, said he had not spoken to officials regarding the investigation. But when asked specifically about the report on Wednesday, he interrupted a question being asked in English before his translator could ask it in Spanish, saying he did not want to talk about it.
A's union rep Jerry Blevins told CSNCalifornia.com at the time that he hoped Colon would be spared.
"It would be devastating to lose him (to suspension)", Blevins said of Colon. "I feel like he's already served his time."
Colon has led the A's young pitching staff in going 14-3 with a 2.50 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and three shutouts in 22 starts. He has 78 strikeouts and 21 walks and opponents are batting .258 against him.
No doubt the A's breathed a sigh of relief that their ace will be with them down the stretch, as opposed to last season.
A's manager Bob Melvin said Sunday he was looking for some closure to the Biogenesis/PED-related scandal and supported baseball's investigation.
"It needs to be cleaned up," Melvin said, "and everybody wants to see a fair playing field."
Additionally former A's pitchers Fautino De Los Santos and Jordan Norberto were suspended 50-games for their links to Biogenesis scandal.
Norberto pitched in 39 games for the A's in 2012 with a 2.77 ERA and a 4-1 record. De Los Santos pitched for the A's from 2008-2012 before being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for George Kottaras.
While the first-place A's were not affected, the team chasing them, Texas, lost its leading home-run hitter, Nelson Cruz, to a season ending 50-game suspension. Oakland leads the Rangers by 2 1/2 games in the American League West.