Wednesday, June 26, 2002
Updated: June 27, 4:08 PM ET
Indians' Colon may miss a start
BOSTON -- Two of the Indians best players were hurting
Wednesday as Bartolo Colon returned to Cleveland after feeling pain
in his right side, and shortstop Omar Vizquel was sidelined for at
least two games with a jammed left shoulder.
Colon, the AL leader in innings and Cleveland's leader with a
2.55 ERA, and Vizquel, the team's leading hitter at .302, were not
placed on the disabled list. Manager Charlie Manuel didn't rule out
Colon starting as scheduled Friday night against Arizona.
"He may miss a start. I don't know yet,'' Manuel said. "I'll
find out when I get back to Cleveland.''
Colon (10-4) felt a twinge in his right side near his rib cage
while throwing a ball in the outfield before the Indians 4-2 win
over the Red Sox in Tuesday's opener of a three-game series, Manuel
If Colon misses a turn, the Indians probably will recall a
pitcher from Triple A, he added.
Vizquel, with a career-high 10 homers, was hurt when he landed
on his left shoulder diving for Shea Hillenbrand's single in the
second inning Tuesday. Manuel said the shoulder began bothering
Vizquel 2-to-3 weeks ago.
"I am concerned. He's going to miss a couple of games. He's
very sore today,'' Manuel said. "If he has to be out for a period
of time, I've got that position covered.''
Second baseman John McDonald started Wednesday at shortstop and
Jolbert Cabrera started at second. Second baseman Ricky Gutierrez,
on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin, is eligible
to be activated Saturday.
Manuel also put in a plug for Vizquel to be chosen for the
All-Star game at a position played by Alex Rodriguez, Nomar
Garciaparra and Derek Jeter.
"Omar Vizquel deserves to go to the All-Star game,'' Manuel
said. "I know there are a lot of good shortstops in the league.
It's going to be a tough decision.''