Colon ready to get back on hill for A's

Colon ready to get back on hill for A's

HOUSTON -- Following a strong performance in a win against the Astros on Friday night, right-hander Dan Straily was told to pack his bags for Triple-A Sacramento.

The news was very much expected, with Bartolo Colon set to rejoin the A's rotation and make his season debut on Saturday, when the move will be made official. So it really couldn't spoil Straily's mood after such a strong effort.

"It looks really good for me to have that kind of outing," Straily said. "Obviously, it wasn't going to affect [the decision], but for me, mentally, I know it's going to help, because it shows I'm ready. You have to know you're ready to be able to pitch here."

With Colon a day away from making his first big league start in nearly eight months, that means the A's are a day away from their first regular-season look at the veteran following his suspension for performance enhancing drugs.

Manager Bob Melvin believes Colon, who served the last day of his 50-game drug suspension on Friday, will look just like his old self, the one that racked up 10 wins and a 3.43 ERA in 24 starts for Oakland last year.

He walked just one and struck out 22 in 20 Cactus League innings but he also issued 31 hits and 14 earned runs in that span.

"The velocity's still there, his stuff all looks the same," Melvin said. He's the type of guy that, once the season gets going, he's one of the few guys you know that what you see in spring is what you get.

"A veteran presence within the rotation, we don't worry about him a whole lot."

Jane Lee is a reporter for 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.