The White Sox were expecting big things from Colon when they picked him up from Montreal in a three-team trade over the winter. So far, the hard-throwing right-hander has been a bust.
Colon gave up five runs and seven hits over just 3 2-3 innings of a 10-9 loss to Detroit on Thursday. He walked four and threw two wild pitches, falling to 6-9 with a 4.36 ERA on the season. Colon has not won since June 7.
“We are a little concerned, no doubt about that,” White Sox manager Charlie Manuel said. “He seems to be not locating his pitches very well, and if he’s not locating, he cannot get away with it.”
Colon is 0-4 with a 5.86 ERA over his last seven starts. The seven-year veteran has never finished a season with a losing record. Colon’s worst season was a 14-12 record for Cleveland in 2001.
Colon is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in three starts against the Indians this year.
The White Sox have won four straight to move within six games of first-place Kansas City in the AL Central. The Indians have lost six in a row.
Cleveland placed shortstop Ricky Gutierrez on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a career-threatening compression of the spinal cord.
Gutierrez was activated from the 60-day disabled list June 24 after rehabbing from fusion surgery on two vertebrae in his upper back and neck in October.
He appeared in 16 games this season, but continued to experience problems.
STANDINGS: Indians - 4th place, 14 GB, AL Central. White Sox - 3rd place, 6 GB, AL Central.
INDIANS PROBABLE STARTER: Jason Davis (7-7, 4.54 ERA). Davis has not earned a decision over his last two starts, despite allowing just four earned runs in 13 1-3 innings. The 23-year-old right-hander went 7 1-3 innings Thursday, allowing three runs and five hits as the Indians lost to the New York Yankees 5-4.
WHITE SOX PROBABLE STARTER: Colon (6-9, 4.36 ERA). Colon is 3-5 with a 5.31 ERA in nine starts at home this season. He’s second in the AL with five complete games.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Indians - Milton Bradley, .321 avg., 52 runs and 15 SBs.; Matt Lawton, 15 HRs and 47 RBIs. White Sox - Magglio Ordonez, .299 avg.; Frank Thomas, 22 HRs; Carlos Lee, 60 RBIs; Carl Everett, 61 runs; Lee and Willie Harris, 8 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Indians, 8-7.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Indians - OF Jody Gerut is 1-for-3 with a home run in his career against RHP Colon. … INF Angel Santos was called up from Triple-A Buffalo Monday to replace Gutierrez on the roster. Santos was acquired by the organization on June 23 from the Boston Red Sox in a deal that sent pitcher Jamie Brown to Boston…. OF Bradley’s .321 batting average is good for sixth in the NL. White Sox - SS Tony Graffanino is 10-for-17 in his last five games. … 1B Paul Konerko is 10-for-23 in his last five games and has raised his average from .183 to .210. … The White Sox have homered in 11 straight home games.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Indians - 19-33 on the road; White Sox - 30-19 at home.
INJURIES: Indians - SS Omar Vizquel (knee), 15-day DL; OF Matt Lawton (finger), 15-day DL; OF Ellis Burks (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Jason Bere (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Dave Elder (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Bob Wickman (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Mark Wohlers (elbow), 60-day DL. White Sox - LHP Kelly Wunsch (strained left side), 15-day DL.