SAN DIEGO (AP) — Right-hander Bartolo Colon was designated for assignment by the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, one day after the 44-year-old right-hander’s record dropped to 2-8.
Pitching for the first time since going on the disabled list with a strained left oblique on June 6, Colon allowed six runs, eight hits and three walks in four innings in during Wednesday night’s 7-4 loss at San Diego.
Colon has an 8.14 ERA in 13 starts, unable to find the form that earned him an AL Cy Young Award winner and made him a 235-game winner.
“The reality is that I’ve been getting hit hard and that’s the truth and you can’t dance around it,” Colon said through a translator after his latest loss.
Unless Colon is traded or claimed on waivers, the Braves would be responsible for the remainder of his $12.5 million salary. If he is released and signs with another team, the new club would be responsible for only a prorated share of the $535,000 minimum.
“We hated to do it,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said of releasing Colon. “It wasn’t easy because he is such a great guy and a wonderful teammate. But it just wasn’t happening here.”
Left-hander Rex Brothers was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett before Thursday night’s game at San Diego.
Colon’s successful run with the New York Mets from 2014-16 helped affirm his status as one of the game’s most durable and popular players. He began his career with Cleveland in 1997 and won his Cy Young Award with the Angels in 2005.
“He’s had a great career and he beat the odds for a while,” Snitker said. “He was very appreciative of…
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