Somehow, Bartolo Colon is missing

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White Sox pitcher Bartolo Colon has gone missing.

The right-hander, who was supposed to be making a minor league rehab
start on Thursday, has yet to show up at Triple-A Charlotte. The team
has been in contact with Colon’s agent, but not with the pitcher
himself.

In fact, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer,
“the team has had little, if any, contact between Colon and the White
Sox since he went on the disabled list with a sore left knee and his
spot in the rotation has been filled by Jose Contreras.”

The newspaper reports that Colon pulled a similar stunt last season
with Boston, and White Sox GM Kenny Williams doesn’t sound too
concerned.

If he’s out there Thursday, and shows a better mix between his
breaking ball and fastball, he’s got a place here. If he doesn’t, he
doesn’t have a place here. Only he can dictate if he’s ready.”

I bet they could get him to show up if they pulled out one of these.

Brandon McCarthy wins final spot in Dodgers’ rotation

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We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.

McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.

Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.