OAKLAND (CBS / AP) — Bartolo Colon never expected to be pitching at age 40, not in the playoffs, and especially not as the Game 1 starter.
And not this well a year after being suspended 50 games for a positive testosterone test.
The veteran right-hander will get the ball for the Oakland Athletics in the opener of their AL division series against Detroit on Friday night, his first postseason appearance in eight years.
“It means so much to me. I’m 40 years old and never thought I’d be here,” Colon said in Spanish. “It is more special, a lot. The first reason is because of the Oakland organization, and I thank them for bringing me here to pitch another time.”