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Colon unable to keep opponents' hits total down

Righty allows 10 hits, five runs in five-plus innings vs. Halos' Minor Leaguers

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PHOENIX -- The hits kept coming against Bartolo Colon on Wednesday, when the right-hander pitched in a Minor League game to remain on schedule while the A's had an off-day.

Colon, who entered the day having given up 22 hits in a combined 11 innings over four Cactus League appearances, surrendered 10 hits in five-plus innings to the Angels' Minor League team.

The veteran righty gave up five runs in the process, striking out three and walking two along the way. He tallied 81 pitches.

Colon will make at least one more start this spring, before being relegated to the sidelines for the first week of the regular season while he serves the final five games of his drug suspension.

A's manager Bob Melvin said this week that Colon will return to the rotation as soon as he's eligible, no matter how the interim fifth starter -- projected to be right-hander Dan Straily -- performs in the meantime.

Melvin and the A's are not so much concerned with the total of hits allowed this spring by Colon, since he has a proven track record. Still, it's hard to ignore, especially considering Colon only offered up 10 hits spanning 16 innings in his last full Spring Training, in 2011 with the Yankees.

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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