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A's Reinstate Colón from Suspended List; Option Straily to Sacramento

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The Oakland Athletics have reinstated right-handed pitcher Bartolo Colón from the suspended list and optioned right-handed pitcher Dan Straily to Triple-A Sacramento, the team announced today. The A's also announced that right-handed pitcher Will Harris has been claimed off waivers by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Colón will take Harris' place on the 40-man roster.

Colón was suspended for 50 games Aug. 22, 2012 after testing positive for Testosterone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. He served the final 40 games of the 2012 season, five games in the playoffs and the first five games this year. Colón was 1-2 with a 6.30 ERA in six games, including three starts, this spring. He recorded a team-leading 22 strikeouts, which tied for ninth in the Cactus League. Colón was 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA in 24 starts with the A's last year.

Straily was on the A's Opening Day roster for the first time in his career. He allowed two runs in 6.2 innings and recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts last night in his only start. Straily was 2-2 with a 5.82 ERA in seven games, six starts, this spring. He combined for a 9-7 record and 2.78 ERA in 25 starts with Double-A Midland and Sacramento last season. He was selected from Sacramento Aug. 3 and went 2-1 with a 3.89 ERA in seven starts over two stints with the A's in his Major League debut.

Harris was claimed by the A's off waivers from the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday. He had two saves and did not allow a run in three spring training appearances (3.0 ip) before he was optioned to Colorado Springs March 15. He was designated for assignment March 29. Harris began the 2012 season at Double-A Tulsa and had a stop in Triple-A Colorado Springs before finishing the year in the majors with Colorado. He made his Major League debut Aug. 13 and went 1-1 with an 8.15 ERA in 20 relief appearances with the Rockies.

The complete 2012 statistics for Colón follow:

Colón

W

L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

SV

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

OAKLAND

10

9

3.43

24

24

0

0

0

152.1

161

62

58

23

91

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