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.

A.J. Hinch responds to Ken Giles’ negative comments about Astros

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On Sunday, Blue Jays closer Ken Giles spoke to Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star. Giles said, “I’m actually enjoying the game more than I did for my entire tenure in Houston.” Giles won a World Series with the Astros last year, but talked about communication issues with the Astros and compared them unfavorably to the Blue Jays. Giles described the communication as having been “lost” and credited the Jays for staying patient with him.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch responded to Giles’ comments on Monday. Per Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi, Hinch said:

I think he’s wrong and I’m disappointed that he would go down that path given how much work and time and energy and communication that our front office, our coaching staff, me, we all went through this with him. And I understand, there was some disappointment in his tenure as an Astro because of the turbulent way things went about. We gave him every opportunity, we communicated with him effectively, we have an incredible culture where every single player will tell you it’s one of the best cultures they’ve had, one of the best communication envrionments they’ve had. They all know their roles. They all know their situations. To have one person out of all the guys in our clubhouse come out and claim otherwise is flat wrong.

While Giles certainly could be embellishing or deliberately misconstruing his time there, Hinch’s rebuttal doesn’t actually disqualify anything Giles said. Giles certainly could have had a negative experience in Houston even if everyone else was enjoying the “incredible culture” and “one of the best communication environments.”

Given how the Astros — including Hinch — responded to criticism about their acquiring an accused domestic abuser, they’re not in the best position to boast about an “incredible culture” anyway.

At any rate, this is a he-said, he-said situation. If anything more comes of it, it will be Giles further torching a bridge.