February 19, 2013
MLB notes: Bartolo Colon publicly apologizes for PED use
By QMI Agency

Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon returns to the dugout during the sixth inning of their MLB baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Oakland August 2, 2012. (REUTERS)

Suspended Oakland Athletics pitcher, Bartolo Colon, apologized Tuesday for using performance-enhancing drugs during the 2012 season.

“The only thing I can say about last year is I apologize to everyone, even the fans, the team, the front office about what happened,” he told local reporters through an interpreter.

Colon was suspended Aug. 22, 2012 after testing positive for synthetic testosterone. His public apology was the first time he addressed the suspension, which will apply for the first five games of the 2013 season.

Colon also admitted he knew he violated the MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program standards six weeks before the announcement of his suspension.

“I continued to pitch, but my mind wasn’t good,” he said.

He said he will apologize to each of his teammates during spring training.


Athletics manager Bob Melvin lauded him for taking responsibility for his actions.

“He’s not going to call a team meeting, that’s not his personality,” he said. “He’s handled everything very well.”

HERNANDEZ WORTH THE MONEY

King Felix wants everyone to know he’s worth the cash.

After inking a seven-year, $175 million contract last week, Seattle Mariner’s pitcher Felix Hernandez had just two words for fans in the Pacific Northwest: “Trust me”.

“To the people in Seattle that trust me and believe in me, I’ll say this: I’m not going to disappoint anybody,” Hernandez told local reporters. “I’m going to do my best. This Seattle Mariners team is going to be on top. Believe me.”

Hernandez promised to live up to the mega-deal and, next to Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik, shrugged off any injury concerns heading into the 2013 season.

“It’s a great thing for the Seattle Mariners,” Zduriencik said. “It’s a great thing for Felix Hernandez.”

BRIEFLY: Washington Nationals pitcher Ross Detwiler is set to join Team USA ahead the World Baseball Classic. The 26-year-old left-hander won 10 games with the Nationals last season and posted a 3.40 ERA … The Atlanta Braves will retire Chipper Jones’ No. 10 uniform. The eight-time all-star will be inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame June 28, joining MLB greats Phil Niekro, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Bobby Cox and John Smoltz.

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