When the Braves signed Bartolo Colon in the offseason, it was done with the goal of him being a reliable “innings eater” type that the Braves would not have to commit to a long-term deal with so that when the young stable of arms coming up through the farm system were ready, they could join the rotation and not be blocked. Colon had been a solid to decent pitcher despite his age up until this season and while the price wasn’t exactly a bargain, it seemed reasonable that, at the very least, Colon would not be embarrassing every 5th day. At least....that was the idea.
In 2017, to say that Colon has been a disaster on the mound would be accurate. His 7.78 ERA has been every bit as painful on a game to game basis as it looks on paper and while his FIP has been a more respectable but still not good 5.03, his struggles have led to steadily increasing calls to get him out of the Braves’ rotation.
As someone who was at his most recent start, Colon has not been the same pitcher this season and it is possible that Father Time has finally caught up with him. After the Braves were noncommittal as to whether or not Colon would make his next start, the Braves have certainly made up their minds as to what they are going to do now...at the very least in the short term.
Bartolo Colón has been placed on the disabled list: pic.twitter.com/06izJXzY12— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 6, 2017
The corresponding roster move to replace Colon on the roster has yet to be announced, this could mark the end of Colon’s tenure as a Brave and potentially of his long and storied career if he cannot right the ship somehow. One has to wonder if the injury is a genuine one or simply the easiest logistical way to get him out of the rotation. He did not seemed hobbled in the game last night except for the whole “can’t get hitters out” problem he has had most of the season.
Candidates to potentially fill in the rotation down in Gwinnett include Sean Newcomb, Matt Wisler, and Lucas Sims. Unfortunately, there isn’t a clear answer as to who is ready to go and would be on the right pitching schedule, but based strictly on performance and nothing else....Newcomb would be the best candidate, especially with Aaron Blair on the disabled list.