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Bartolo Colon Hurts Himself, Makes Hank Steinbrenner Look Smart

Jun 17, 2008 – 7:30 AM
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Bartolo ColonRed Sox and Yankees fans don't often see eye-to-eye, but I have a feeling fans in Boston don't find Hank Steinbrenner's assertion that National League rules pose a danger to pitchers quite as laughable as fans everywhere else.

Chien-Ming Wang injured himself while running the bases, but Bartolo Colon was forced out of Monday's game simply trying to swing the bat. From Rob Bradford of the Boston Herald:
This occasion saw Colon attempting to bring his team back, trailing 4-0 with two outs in the fourth and runners at second and third. After a first-pitch fastball from Philadelphia's Cole Hamels, the Phillies starter came back with three straight changeups, all greeted by wild cuts from Colon.

[...] "I'm just trying to hit the ball," said the fireballer, who hadn't had a hit since 2005 and is 10-for-85 with 47 strikeouts in his career. "I'm not thinking about trying to get hurt."
It's a shame he wasn't thinking about his health -- those big cuts forced him out of the game after just four innings due to a sore lower back. Granted, unlike Wang, he's not going to miss most of the season, but it's still a shame to see a guy get hurt simply because he doesn't know how to protect himself. Steinbrenner's statement may have come across as a beligerent rant, but it doesn't make it any less true.

Update: Center Field has video of Colon's adventures at the plate.
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