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Colon hospitalized after being hit by line drive

Veteran Major League pitcher Bartolo Colon reportedly was taken to the hospital after he was struck in the mouth by a line drive in a Dominican Winter League game on Sunday, according to Carlos Almanzar of ESPN Radio in Santo Domingo.

Colon, a Dominican native, was pitching for Aguilas Cibaenas against Gigantes del Cibao when the incident occurred. He did not suffer a fracture or lose any teeth as a result of the line drive, according to Dionisio Soldevila of

The 39-year-old right-hander has pitched in the big leagues for 15 seasons, and went 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA in 24 starts for the A's last year. His season ended when he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance in August.

A pending free agent, Colon had made one previous start for Aguilas, giving up three runs in five innings while striking out eight on Oct. 19.

Bartolo Colon