Angels Activate Colon; Saunders Sent Down
The Angels activated RHP Bartolo Colon from the 15-day disabled list yesterday to make his season debut against the Mariners, and optioned LHP Joe Saunders to Class AAA Salt Lake.
Colon, the 2005 AL Cy Young winner, was sidelined since July 26, 2006, because of a partial tear in his rotator cuff. He chose to rehab the injury instead of undergoing surgery.
Colon was the Angels’ Opening Day starter in each of the previous three seasons.
Saunders was demoted to the minors just one day after pitching six scoreless innings in an 8-4 victory while wearing a Virginia Tech cap to honor the 32 victims in Monday’s shooting spree at the Blacksburg campus.
“Obviously, it’s tough for me to go from a big high from last night to getting sent down, but it’s a business,” Saunders said.” K MATSUI READY FOR RETURN: Yankees LF Hideki Matsui declared himself 100 percent healthy after going 1 for 3 with an RBI in his second rehab assignment with Class A Tampa.
Matsui, placed on the 15day disabled list April 8 with a strained left hamstring, is hoping to rejoin the Yankees tomorrow.
“Physically, I’m fine,” Matsui said through an interpreter. “I want to join the team as soon as possible and be a strength to them . . . help them win.”
CF Johnny Damon was out of the starting lineup for yesterday’s game against the Red Sox with a sore lower back and hamstring. He was inserted as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning and grounded out.
C Jorge Posada, who left Friday’s game with an injured left thumb, did not play.
Injured RHP Mike Mussina (strained left hamstring) threw 30 pitches off flat ground. His next step could be a rehab stint. RHP Carl Pavano (right forearm stiffness) played catch from 60 feet and will do it again before determining what to do next. K TEEING OFF: Kansas City’s Alex Gordon and Mark Teahen hit solo homers off Twins starter Boof Bonser, who has allowed home runs in seven consecutive starts dating from last season and has given up two homers in each of his past three starts.
Bonser gave up five runs, three earned, and seven hits in five innings. Bonser has allowed an American League-leading seven home runs in 202⁄ innings this sea-
3 son. K TIME OFF: Royals 1B Ryan Shealy, who is hitting .098 with 17 strikeouts in 41 atbats, was held out of the lineup for the third straight game. K LATE TRIBUTE: Red Sox OF Coco Crisp, DH David Ortiz and third base coach DeMarlo Hale will wear No. 42 tonight for Boston’s rain-delayed tribute to Jackie Robinson.
— From News Services
Bartolo Colon returned to the mound for the first time since being sidelined last July with a partially torn rotator cuff.