If you hang around anywhere long enough you eventually set some records. Bartolo Colon is 43. He’s hung around a long time and, last night, he set a record: the most plate appearances without drawing a walk in a major league career.
Our friend Jason Lukehart — the man who invented the “Maddux” stat — has been tracking this one since early May and updated a good BartoloAnalysis post on the matter when Colon reached plate appearance number 259, passing ex-Red Sox, Mets and Cardinals pitcher Tracy Stallard for the all-time lead. The kicker: Colon swung at what should’ve been ball four in one of his plate appearances last night. Quite a clutch performance.
More analysis of it can be read over at FanGraphs, where Corinne Landrey breaks all of this dubiousness down.
LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.
Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.
Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.
Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.
Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.
New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.
Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.