Mets rally around grieving Colon in L.A.
August, 24, 2014
By Anthony Witrado | Special to ESPNNewYork.com
LOS ANGELES -- Bartolo Colon would have been given a pass if he had to miss this entire past week to be in the Dominican Republic after the death of his mother.
His teammates in the New York Mets' clubhouse understood that Colon had to put his family before his team, but Colon made it a point to come back to he United States and make his start Sunday after missing his previous start on Monday.
Colon did not want to talk specifically about his mother after he threw six innings and allowed two runs in an 11-3 Mets win against the Los Angeles Dodgers, but he did say he hasn’t gotten much sleep and that he wanted to come back and pitch for his team before heading back to the D.R. for the funeral on Thursday.
Colon is expected back to make his next start Saturday.
Harry How/Getty ImagesBartolo Colon allowed two runs on five hits and struck out five over six innings in Sunday's win.
“He’s a competitive guy. He knows he has to step up. He’s had a tough week,” manager Terry Collins said. “When he came out in the sixth I think that’s the first time in his career he’s ever said, ‘I’m done.’ He gave us what we had to have.”
Colon’s gesture, whether it was to get his mind off his family for a few hours or other reasons, was not lost on a clubhouse full of sympathetic teammates.
“We all tried to kind of rally around him and give him as much support as we can,” first baseman Lucas Duda said. “He’s an unbelievable person to go out and do that today. Obviously he has other things on his mind.
“I think his No. 1 priority is his family. Showing the kind of heart he has is something guys really respect in the clubhouse.”
Colon may have made his last start for the Mets, who placed the 41-year-old on revocable waivers. If a team claims him, the Mets can use it as a salary dump, work out a trade or pull him back and keep him and his $11 million salary for next season.
Colon did not know he was on waivers until reporters informed him.
Murphy’s balky calf: Daniel Murphy was taken out of the game in the ninth inning because of soreness in his right calf. He said he felt it for the first time in the seventh inning but didn’t know exactly how it happened.
Murphy told the trainers, and they told Collins.
“Then he made the decision,” Murphy said.
The injury doesn’t seem like a long-term problem, but Murphy did not want to quantify the severity, saying only that he will see how he feels Tuesday.
Supplying the power: Duda hit two more home runs Sunday, pushing his season total to 26, and his five RBIs give him 76 for the season. He is the 23rd player in team history to hit 25 or more home runs in a season.
Duda’s first home run measured 457 feet, the team’s longest of the year.
“I don’t care where they land as long as they go out,” Duda said with a straight face.