Bartolo Colon will rejoin A’s rotation Saturday when suspension ends

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Bartolo Colon’s 50-game suspension for testosterone usage ends Saturday and Casey Pratt of CSNBayArea.com reports that the A’s will immediately get the 40-year-old right-hander back in the rotation with a start that day against the Astros.

Colon hasn’t started a big-league game since August 18, but re-signed with the A’s on a one-year, $3 million contract despite the suspension. He’ll bump rookie Dan Straily from the rotation.

Before the suspension Colon started 24 games for Oakland with a 3.43 ERA and 91/23 K/BB ratio in 152 innings for his second straight solid season after previously not topping 100 innings since 2006.

Royals sign Drew Storen to minor league deal

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The Royals are in agreement with right-handed reliever Drew Storen on a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the deal is worth $1.25 million if the veteran righty breaks camp with the club this spring. Additional, albeit unspecified incentives will be included in the contract as well.

Storen, 31, is coming off of a protracted absence from any MLB duties. After inking a one-year deal with the Reds in 2017, he sustained a right elbow sprain toward the end of the year and underwent Tommy John surgery that October. He was effectively decommissioned for the club’s entire 2018 run and generated little interest around the league this winter, perhaps due in part to the uninspired 4.45 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 7.9 SO/9, and career-low -0.2 fWAR he posted across 54 2/3 innings during his last healthy season.

While it’s not immediately clear what kind of performance the Royals can expect from Storen in spring training, they’re not exactly in a position to be choosy. Their bullpen ranked dead last among all MLB teams with a collective 5.04 ERA, 4.85 FIP, and -2.2 fWAR last year, and still appears to be in a state of flux as they approach Opening Day. Skipper Ned Yost told reporters Wednesday that he intends to eschew the traditional closer appointment in 2019 and will instead utilize a combination of right-handers Wily Peralta and Brad Boxberger, lefty Tim Hill, and various others as he tackles high-leverage situations in the future.