MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Target Field is about to get a lot sexier.
“Big Sexy” himself, Bartolo Colon, will make his Twins debut Tuesday night against the Yankees.
It’s a highly-anticipated event not only for fans, but even in the clubhouse.
Yes the ageless wonder himself, 44-year-old Bartolo Colon, makes his debut Tuesday for the 10th team in his illustrious 20-year career. For his new teammates, it’s a bit surreal to be teammates with a guy you grew up watching on TV.
“It’s pretty cool. It’s pretty cool to see him in person,” relief pitcher Taylor Rogers said.
“Yeah he’s a legend to me, you know? I grew up watching him play,” Max Kepler said.
Colon made his big league debut with the Indians in 1997. For perspective, on that day, Jose Berrios was 2 years old.
“During the rest of the season, hopefully he’s doing well and helps us to make the playoffs,” Berrios said.
Colon has won 235 games in his career, but the big question is, whether he still has anything left. He’s essentially a lottery ticket, designated for assignment earlier this month by the Braves after posting a 2-8 record with an 8.14 ERA this year. But he was an All-Star with the Mets last season.
“He can give you a lot of innings, he knows how to pitch, he knows how to pitch hurt, he knows how to pitch in big ballgames, you kind of know what you’re going to get, he’s a competitor,” second baseman Brian Dozier said. “And he likes to have fun too, so that bodes well for all of us in here.”
As long as he pitches well.
The Twins also announced Craig Breslow has returned from his rehab assignment and was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list.
To make room for Colon on the roster, the Twins put pitcher Phil Hughes on the 60-day disabled list with reoccurring symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome. To make room for Breslow, the Twins optioned Kennys Vargas to AAA Rochester.