With his right shoulder repaired, Colon is scheduled to make his season debut when the Angels meet the Seattle Mariners in the middle game of a three-game weekend set on Saturday night.
The right-hander was 21-8 with a 3.48 ERA in 33 starts in 2005, but a partially torn rotator cuff limited him to just 10 starts last year. Colon, who didn’t pitch after July 26, was 1-5 with a 5.11 ERA.
He made three minor league rehabilitation starts and after a final tuneup on Sunday, said he was prepared to return to the Angels (7-9).
“I’m ready, I’m happy,” Colon said through an interpreter. “I’m a little nervous because I’m not 100 percent.”
Angels manager Mike Scioscia told the team’s official Web site that Colon, “feels very strong. His velocity is in the mid-90s, and he can easily throw 100 pitches (Saturday) if need be.”
Colon is 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA in his last four starts against the Mariners— including a four-hitter in a 4-0 win over July 5. For his career, Colon is 10-8 with a 4.32 ERA in 22 career starts against Seattle (5-7).
Colon’s return marks the second time in as many days a key player has come back after injury for Los Angeles. Vladimir Guerrero returned to the lineup on Friday after missing two games with a bruised right wrist, and was 3-for-5 with a solo homer as the Angels ended a six-game skid with an 8-4 win over the Mariners.
The win also was Los Angeles’ ninth in 11 games over Seattle.
Guerrero helped boost an offense that was outscored 36-6 during the skid. The 2004 AL MVP is batting .388 with four homers and 13 RBIs in 14 games this season.
“He comes to play every day, and sometimes it is easy to take for granted that he is in the lineup,” Scioscia said. “I’ve never seen a guy swing as hard as Vlad does and be able to square it up. He is in a special class.”
The Angels hope he can be just as successful against Seattle’s Horacio Ramirez (1-0, 1.50 ERA). Guerrero is 2-for-8 with two solo home runs against him.
Ramirez was acquired from Atlanta in the offseason and has made only one start for the Mariners this season. He surrendered five runs and seven hits while walking three in six innings of a 14-6 win over Texas on Sunday.
The left-hander won his only career appearance against the Angels, surrendering two runs and five hits of a 3-2 win on July 7, 2005.
Seattle hopes Ramirez can end the team’s five-game losing streak in Los Angeles. The Mariners lost seven straight over two seasons from April 16, 1986-April 8, 1987.
Seattle’s Raul Ibanez, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI against the Angels on Friday, is batting .350 (14-for-40) with a homer and seven RBIs against Colon. Adrian Beltre has hit .308 (8-for-26) with three homers and nine RBIs against him.
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