Colon hospitalized after being hit by line drive

Colon hospitalized after being hit by line drive

Veteran Major League pitcher Bartolo Colon reportedly was taken to the hospital after he was struck in the mouth by a line drive in a Dominican Winter League game on Sunday, according to Carlos Almanzar of ESPN Radio in Santo Domingo.

Colon, a Dominican native, was pitching for Aguilas Cibaenas against Gigantes del Cibao when the incident occurred. He did not suffer a fracture or lose any teeth as a result of the line drive, according to Dionisio Soldevila of

The 39-year-old right-hander has pitched in the big leagues for 15 seasons, and went 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA in 24 starts for the A's last year. His season ended when he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance in August.

A pending free agent, Colon had made one previous start for Aguilas, giving up three runs in five innings while striking out eight on Oct. 19.

Andrew Simon is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.