Colon signed with the Acereros de Monclova in Mexico on Friday, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.
The 21-year big-league veteran didn't pitch at any level during the 2019 season. At age 46 and with no seasons with an ERA below 5.78 since 2016, his major-league days are almost certainly behind him, though a strong showing in Mexico could theoretically lead to another opportunity.
Colon said he would like to pitch in 2019, Doug Padilla of MLB.com reports.
Colon will pitch in the Dominican League this winter, agreeing to make at least six appearances, at least one in every stadium in the league. That smacks of a retirement tour, but the 45-year-old right-hander insists he wants to come back for a 22nd season. Colon has made just three appearances for the Rangers in September, with two of those three being relief outings after a start Sept. 5, when he allowed five runs in four innings against the Angels. He had been Texas' most consistent starter over the first two months of the season but has a 7.48 ERA since June 1.
Colon allowed one run on three hits in 1.1 innings of relief in Wednesday's loss to the Rays.
This was Colon's first appearance since being removed from the Rangers' starting rotation -- 14 days since he last pitched. That's a clear sign he's not in the team's plans for the rest of the season. The Rangers prefer to give innings to the young relievers called up for September.
Colon will be removed from the rotation going forward, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
In a lost season for the Rangers, there's little reason to give innings to a 45-year-old when they could go to young pitchers who are part of the team's future. Adrian Sampson, who was five years old when Colon made his MLB debut, will take Colon's spot moving forward. Colon will be available out of the bullpen, but even there, the Rangers would likely prefer to give younger pitchers the opportunities.
Colon may not start Tuesday when his next likely turn in the rotation is due, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Texas manager Jeff Banister is exploring options, including replacing Colon with Adrian Sampson, who was an effective starter for Triple-A Round Rock. Keeping Colon in the rotation makes no sense for multiple reasons: He blocks important development innings for young pitchers, he hasn't been effective since the All-Star break (2-5, 8.12 ERA), and he's earning incentive bonuses of $150,000 for every 10 innings he throws beyond 130.
Colon has no plans to retire and hopes to return to the Rangers next season, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Despite Colon's intentions, it's far from guaranteed that the 45-year-old will be able to find work in 2019. He's posted a 5.55 ERA this season after recording a 6.48 ERA last year, and he's been worse as the season has gone on, struggling to a 7.04 ERA over his last 17 starts. At this point, the more pressing question for Colon is whether or not he'll remain in the rotation down the stretch, with the Rangers reportedly wanting to give Adrian Sampson a shot to start.
Colon (7-12) took the loss Wednesday, giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits and a walk over four innings while striking out three as the Angels romped to a 9-3 win over the Rangers.
The 45-year-old has been brutal in the second half, and Colon now has an 8.12 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break. With the Rangers just playing out the string on the season and lacking any pitching prospects to audition in the rotation, however, he'll keep taking the mound every fifth day or so, with his next outing set for Tuesday in a road rematch against the Angels.
Colon (illness) will start Wednesday against the Angels, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Colon was expected to start Sunday but was skipped due to a stomach virus. He'll end up being pushed back a few days rather than being skipped entirely and is set to square off against Jaime Barria, a pitcher less than half as old as he is.
Colon (back) was activated off the 10-day disabled list Saturday but will not start Sunday due to a stomach virus.
Colon landed on the DL last week with a lower-back strain and was able to miss the minimum 10 days. The 45-year-old's next turn in the rotation would come Saturday at Oakland, but it remains unclear if the Rangers will wait until then or simply re-insert him once available.
Colon (back) is scheduled to start Sunday against the Twins, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Colon's stay on the disabled list will be a brief one, with the veteran right-hander slated to rejoin the rotation the first day he's eligible. The 45-year-old has posted an unremarkable 5.45 ERA across 140.1 innings this season.
Manager Jeff Banister said Colon (hamstring) will return to the starting rotation when he's ready to pitch, Martin Oppegaard of MLB.com reports. The 45-year-old Colon was placed on the disabled list Friday.
Prior to Colon landing on the disabled list, there was speculation that he would be removed from the rotation and replaced by a young arm that could use the exposure to major-league hitters. Banister's comments suggest Colon will continue to get starts, although as the schedule moves into September, we suspect some of the organization's roster-expansion callups to take turns in the rotation. The Rangers will have multiple spots in the 2019 rotation up for grabs, and it makes sense to evaluate pitchers other than Colon.
Colon was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a lower back strain Friday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
It's unclear if this issue was bothering Colon during his latest outing, as he was rocked for seven runs over five innings of work in a loss to the Athletics on Monday. The severity of the issue is unknown, although he'll be eligible to return from the shelf starting Sept. 1 as the move is retroactive to Wednesday. Hanser Alberto was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock in a corresponding move.
Colon (7-11) was dealt the loss against Oakland on Monday, yielding seven earned runs on 10 hits over five innings, striking out three and walking one in the Rangers' eventual 9-0 defeat.
Colon was victimized by the long ball in this contest, as he served up three homers to the Athletics that accounted for five of their seven earned runs against him. It's impressive that he's still in a big-league rotation at 45-years-old, but Colon's reliance on pitching to contact and low strikeout totals have made him increasingly susceptible to these kinds of outings, as demonstrated by his bloated 5.45 ERA through 140.1 innings.
Colon (back) is listed as the Rangers' probable starter for Monday's game against the Athletics.
The 45-year-old had been scheduled to take the hill for Sunday's series finale against the Angels, but those plans were tabled after Colon experienced back stiffness earlier in the weekend. Colon was able to throw off flat ground from long distance Sunday without issue, so he'll merely be pushed back one day, which won't force the Rangers to alter their six-man rotation. After cruising to the tune of a 2.82 ERA and 0.84 WHIP through his first nine outings of the season, regression has set in hard for Colon ever since. Dating back to mid-May, the burly right-hander has submitted a 6.62 ERA and 1.52 WHIP over his last 84.1 innings.
Colon (back) won't start Sunday's game against the Angels but could be ready to pitch Monday against the Athletics, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Colon ended up getting scratched for the final game of the Rangers' homestand after complaining of back stiffness Saturday, resulting in Yovani Gallardo moving up a day in the Rangers' pitching schedule. The setback doesn't seem to be much of a concern for Colon, who was able to complete some long-tossing prior to Sunday's contest. If Colon reports no renewed discomfort following the Rangers' flight to Oakland, he should return to the mound during the series opener.
Colon may not be able to start Sunday against the Angels as he's battling back stiffness, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
An alternative plan if Colon is unable to go has not been announced. Eddie Butler has starting experience and would be well-rested if he's not called upon Saturday, so he could be a logical replacement.
Colon (7-10) allowed three runs on four hits and one walk while striking out three over five innings to earn the win in Monday's 5-3 victory over the Diamondbacks.
Colon survived a rocky first inning when the Rangers fell behind 2-0, then retired 10 consecutive batters while his teammates hit a pair of home runs to give him the lead. After Arizona nicked the right-hander for a run in the fifth inning, manager Jeff Banister opted not to test fate and pulled Colon after just 79 pitches. It was Colon's second straight win following a five-start losing streak. If the Rangers stick to a six-man rotation, Colon will next pitch Monday in Oakland.
Colon (6-10) allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out one over seven innings to earn the win in Tuesday's 11-4 victory over Seattle.
It didn't start well for Colon, who allowed three runs, two home runs and two triples over the first three innings, but the 45-year-old right-hander got help from Rougned Odor and Jurickson Profar, a pair of infielders two decades younger than the starter. Profar hit a three-run homer and Odor added a two-run bomb to give Colon all the support he needed to earn career win No. 246, passing Dennis Martinez for the most wins among pitchers from Latin America. With the milestone out of the way, the Rangers may consider removing Colon from the rotation and concentrating on starters that will be around for 2019.
Colon (5-10) took the loss Tuesday, allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three over five innings against the Diamondbacks.
That's now three straight outings with at least five runs allowed for the 45-year-old, and his fifth straight start resulting in a loss. After a solid opening couple of months, Colon's ERA has ballooned up to 5.18 and he's working to just 5.2 K/9 in his 21st season. He'll get his next chance to turn it around Monday at home against the Mariners.
Colon (5-9) threw seven innings Thursday, taking the loss while yielding six runs on nine hits and two walks in the 7-6 loss against Oakland. He struck out four and allowed a home run.
Colon should be excited that July is coming to an end as he's lost all four of his starts during this month. His ERA has jumped to an unsightly 5.02 in 118.1 innings alongside a 68:20 K:BB. Colon did settle down later in his start Thursday after allowing all six runs in the first four innings. He'll look to break the losing streak Tuesday in Arizona.
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