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Bartolo Colon Suspended 50 Games for Testosterone

Bartolo Colon received a 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball for failing a testosterone test, the league announced on Wednesday.

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    Bartolo Colon received a 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball for failing a testosterone test, the league announced on Wednesday. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012)

    As if the Bay Area needed any more bad news relating to performance-enhancing drugs, well, it happened on Wednesday as Major League Baseball announced a 50-game suspension for Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon.

    This, of course, comes on the heels of Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera receiving a 50-game suspension for the same thing.

    "The Oakland Athletics are disappointed to learn of today's suspension of pitcher Bartolo Colon," the Athletics said in a statement released by the team. "The organization fully supports Major League Baseball's joint drug prevention and treatment program and it's efforts to eliminate performance-enhancing substances from our game. Per the basic agreement, the A's will have no further comment."

    The 39-year-old Colon was once one of the best pitchers in baseball but struggled mightily with age and a lack of "stuff" from 2006 to 2009.

    Colon was out of baseball in 2010 and returned with the Yankees in 2011, posting a stunning 4.00 ERA while throwing 164 innings.

    This year with the A's, Colon's been even more impressive, posting a 3.43 ERA over 152 innings.

    The positive test certainly reflects on Colon's resurgence and it's a devastating blow for the A's playoffs chances.

    It's also a devastating blow for baseball, as it's been believed that the game was getting cleaner in recent years.