For the second time in two weeks a Northern California baseball star has been suspended for testing positive for using testoserone.
Former Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon of the Oakland Athletics was suspended for 50 games Wednesday just a week after MLB popped San Francisco Giant outfielder Melky Cabrera for the same reason.
"I apologize to the fans, to my teammates and to the Oakland A's," Colon, 39, said in a statement released by the MLB players' association. "I accept responsibility for my actions and I will serve my suspension as required by the joint drug program."
Colon, who was 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA this season, will miss the rest of the regular season and the first 10 games of the postseason if Oakland advances that far. If the A's don't make it into the playoffs and the veteran hurler is signed next year, the remainder of his punishment will carryover to the 2013 season.
"The Oakland Athletics are disappointed to learn of today's suspension," the team said in a statement. The A's are currently in the midst of a run for the last remaining wild card spot into the playoffs.
"It's a shock," Oakland reliever Grant Balfour told the Associated Press. "He's a guy that we're definitely relying on right now. I guess you could say it's bad timing any time, but especially now."
Former A's pitcher Mark Mulder took to Twitter to express his dismay at the news. "Seriously Bartolo Colon. What is wrong with these guys testing positive. U can't be that stupid. This is so embarrassing for baseball," Mulder tweeted.