NEW YORK Aug 23 2012
Oakland A's pitcher Bartolo Colon has been suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for abnormally high levels of testosterone, the club has announced.
The violation of Major League Baseball's drug prevention and treatment program for a performance-enhancing substance means an immediate ban without pay for the 39-year-old right-hander, who is in his 14th major league season.
"The Oakland Athletics are disappointed to learn of today's suspension of pitcher Bartolo Colon," the team said in a statement on Wednesday.
"The organisation fully supports Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and its efforts to eliminate performance-enhancing substances from our game."
Colon has a 10-9 record in 24 starts for the American League club this season with a 3.43 earned-run average. He struck out 91 batters and walked 23 in 152 1/3 innings with 161 hits surrendered, including 17 home runs.
Colon, who was working on a $US2 million ($A1.9 million) contract this season, has a 171-122 career record with a 4.05 career earned-run average with Cleveland, the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Boston, the New York Yankees and Oakland.
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