SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A's right-hander Bartolo Colon was scratched from his Thursday start against the Rangers because of a bothersome blister on his middle finger.
Manager Bob Melvin said the decision to rest him was more precaution than anything, and he expects Colon to either pitch in Friday's evening contest against the Mariners or in a simulated game that would offer him a chance to pitch in a controlled environment.
Colon is still on track to start Wednesday, putting him in line to make his scheduled start a week later in Japan for the second of two regular-season games against Seattle. In two starts this spring, the 38-year-old veteran has allowed four runs with five strikeouts and no walks spanning 6 2/3 innings.
In place of Colon, the A's slotted in righty Brad Peacock to start Thursday's road affair with the Rangers, while Brandon McCarthy stayed behind to pitch in a Minor League game at Papago Park.