Colome allowed three runs on two hits and a walk over 0.2 innings to blow his first save of the season Saturday against Oakland. He struck out one. Colome fell victim to the long-ball Saturday, as he yielded a two-run blast to Jake Smolinski which tied the game before Ryon Healy launched a solo shot to center to win the game. Colome had yet to blow a save before Saturday, and this was the first time he had been scored upon since returning from a long stint on the disabled list. The All-Star still has a 2.34 ERA and should remain a strong fantasy asset moving forward.
Colome allowed one hit while striking out the side in a scoreless ninth inning Sunday to pick up his 20th save of the season in a win over the Orioles. He looked strong in his first outing following the All-Star break and Colome now has a 1.64 ERA and 42:11 K:BB in 33 innings to go along with his perfect 20-for-20 record in save opportunities.
Colome was chosen for the American League All-Star team Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The 27-year-old reliever has been a revelation this season while last year's closer Brad Boxberger (oblique) has battled injuries. Colome has converted all 19 of his save opportunities in 2016, ranking him fifth in the AL in that category. He's generated a stellar 1.71 ERA in the process, while fanning 39 over 31.2 innings. Colome made a succesful return Tuesday from a DL stint due to biceps tendinitis, and expressed both amazement and gratitude for the chain of events and opportunity that allowed him to secure the honor. "It's something crazy,'' he said. "In spring training I never think about being in the All-Star Game. I don't know what I'm doing - Boxberger is closing I take maybe the eighth (inning), the seventh. And I have the opportunity to take the closer (role) and do the job, and they give me the opportunity.''
Colome (biceps) was activated off the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, Steve Carney of 620 WDAE reports. Colome's brief stint on the DL came to an end Tuesday as he was able to return after the minimum 15 days. Given Tampa's recent struggles in the bullpen, Colome's return figures to be a huge boon in the back end. He figures to reclaim his role as the closer, a role he's been extremely effective in this season with 19 saves and a 1.76 ERA.
Colome expects to be activated Tuesday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Colome said he felt fine after his bullpen session and will be able to return from the 15-day DL on his first eligible day as a result. He has established himself as a force out of the Rays bullpen with 19 saves, a 1.76 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 30.2 innings this year.