Former first-round pick Mark Rogers was suspended for 25 games Friday after a second positive test for a banned stimulant.
The good news for Rogers is that the suspension kicks in immediately. The injury-plagued right-hander is on the shelf because of carpal tunnel syndrome in his throwing wrist, and he was already expected to undergo season-ending surgery, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports.
Rogers, 25, was the fifth overall selection in the 2004 draft. He missed entire seasons in 2007 and ’08, but after a breakthrough 2010 that culminated in a couple of starts for the Brewers last September, he was expected to compete for a rotation spot this spring. Instead, he’s missed much of the year with a sore shoulder and now the wrist injury. He was 0-5 with a 9.34 ERA in 44 1/3 innings for three minor league teams this season.
Last month, free agent right-hander Bartolo Colon told reporters that he’d be open to taking a minor league deal in 2018, but only if he was guaranteed a return to the Mets’ system. The 44-year-old starter is nearing the end of a 20-year career, and it makes sense that he’d want to have one last hurrah in the city where he had some of his most productive years.
Now, Twins starter Ervin Santana tells Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press, it looks like the Mets might also be open to a reunion. It’s doubtful that Colon has all that much left in the tank, especially following a combined 7-14 record and 6.48 ERA for the Braves and Twins last year, but he’s not necessarily looking to reproduce the 15+ win, sub-4.00 ERA totals of years past.
Instead, Santana says, Colon is seeking the opportunity to win just six more games. He’ll enter the 2018 season five wins shy of the all-time record for a Latin American-born player, and is hoping to claim that title for himself before he enters retirement in 2019. Former Orioles and Expos hurler Dennis Martinez currently holds the record after clinching his 245th win back in 1998. While it took Colon a full season of starts to come up with even seven wins in 2017, he’s only one year removed from a 15-win campaign in 2016. Provided that the Mets are willing to gamble on him again, the milestone may not be that far out of reach.