Colon pitches through welt on wrist; X-rays negative
Righty struggles on the hill after being hit by fastball trying to bunt
DENVER -- A golf ball-sized welt still adorned Bartolo Colon's right wrist after Friday's 14-9 Mets win over the Rockies, evidence of his obvious discomfort earlier in the night. Colon shrugged when asked about it, moments before learning that X-rays were negative. But he regretted the role his injury played.
The source of Colon's welt was a second-inning Jon Gray fastball, which tailed in on him as he squared to bunt. Despite Colon's best attempt to dodge the pitch, it struck him on the base of the right hand, near the outside of his wrist. Following a long conversation with trainer Ray Ramirez, Colon stayed in the game, only to chat again with Ramirez and manager Terry Collins after giving up a homer to the first batter he faced in the bottom of the inning.
"He won't use that as an excuse," Collins said. "He went to the mound and gave me the thumbs up that he was OK. And then he gave up the home run and I saw him look at his wrist."
By then, the welt had already formed, clear for both Collins and television cameras to see. Colon wound up giving up six of his seven runs and seven of his nine hits after Gray plunked him, allowing seven or more runs for the fourth time this season.
"It did affect me a little bit but it's not an excuse," he said through an interpreter. "It had nothing to do with my performance. I'm glad the team picked me up and they came back and got a key victory."