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.
Mets starter Steven Matz helped his own cause again, belting a solo home run in the top of the third inning of Tuesday’s game against the Phillies. Matz turned on a 1-1 breaking ball from Cy Young contender Aaron Nola, breaking a scoreless tie.
Matz also homered in his previous start against the Marlins last Thursday. According to MLB Stat of the Day, he is the third Mets pitcher to homer in back-to-back starts, joining Tom Seaver (1972) and Ron Darling (1989).
Matz is the fourth full-time pitcher to hit multiple home runs this season, joining the Reds’ Michael Lorenzen (four), and the Cardinals’ John Gant and Miles Mikolas (two each). The last Mets pitcher to hit multiple home runs in a season was Noah Syndergaard, who hit three in 2016.
Along with the bat, Matz has also been dealing on the mound. As of this writing, he has held the Phillies scoreless over five innings despite walking five batters and allowing two hits.