Former Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon of the Oakland Athletics was suspended for 50 games Wednesday after testing positive for testosterone. Major League Baseball made the announcement one week after All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera of the San Francisco Giants was suspended 50 games for a positive test for the same substance.
"I apologize to the fans, to my teammates and to the Oakland A's," Colon said .
He will miss the final 40 games of the regular season and the first 10 games of the post-season if Oakland advances that far.
"It's a shock," Oakland reliever Grant Balfour said. "He's a guy that we're definitely relying on right now."
Oakland, which hasn't made the playoffs since 2006, began Wednesday a half-game out in the AL wild-card race. The 39-year-old Colon was 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA in 24 starts this season.
Rusin pitches 5 innings, triples
Former Kentucky standout Chris Rusin pitched five innings in his major-league debut for the Chicago Cubs. He even collected his first career hit, a one-out triple in his first at-bat.
He just couldn't pick up a victory.
The slumping Cubs wasted Rusin's great start in a 5-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. Rusin (0-1), the ninth Cubs rookie pitcher to make his major-league debut this season, allowed one hit, struck out four and walked two while throwing 76 pitches.
"It is always a good opportunity to get out there and do as good as you can and take advantage of it," Rusin said. "I thought I did all right, but we didn't get the win."
Rusin had his contract purchased from Triple-A Iowa and needed only 35 pitches to retire his first nine batters. "I was pretty nervous the first inning, but after that I settled down and took it from there," he said.
Cubs Manager Dale Sveum liked what he saw in the left-hander, a fourth-round pick in 2009. "He got the job done for his first night," Sveum said. "He had some jitters. He did all right."
■ Mets ace Johan Santana is headed to the disabled list and not expected to pitch again this season. General Manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday the left-hander was going on the 15-day DL with inflammation in his lower back. Doctors are not recommending surgery.
■ The Brewers released veteran left-hander Randy Wolf, who was 3-10 with a 5.69 ERA in 24 starts this season. He lost his last four decisions. His release will make room in the rotation for starter Shaun Marcum.
■ The Athletics turned a 5-4-3 triple play Tuesday night against the Twins, the third triple play in the majors this season.
■ Nationals Manager Davey Johnson said ace Stephen Strasburg, in his first full season following Tommy John surgery, could miss his final two or three turns in the rotation during the regular season.
■ Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish will miss his next start on Thursday because of tightness in his right quadriceps muscle.