The Angels won’t know until just prior to game-time whether Colon will be able to make his second start of the season after he twisted his ankle covering first base Saturday. How Colon’s ankle responds in warmups will determine whether he or right-hander Dustin Moseley will pitch.
“There are still some things we want to see as we get into his workout (Wednesday night) and how he feels (Thursday) morning,” manager Mike Scioscia told the Angels’ official web site. “But he has made a lot of improvement, and Bart does have the ability to know if he is pitching with discomfort of if he’s pitching with an injury.”
Injuries have been all too familiar to Colon (1-0, 1.29 ERA) recently. He missed nearly the first three weeks of this season and the final two months of 2006 after suffering a partially torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder. Rather than undergo surgery, Colon opted for an aggressive rehabilitation program and made himself available this month.
After a solid debut in which he limited the Seattle Mariners to one run in seven innings of a 7-6 victory, the Angels (11-10) are hoping Colon can make the start.
“I think my mind is definitely stronger, but not my arm,” Colon said after throwing 55 of his 77 pitches for strikes in Saturday’s win. “I know the days of throwing 99 or 100 miles an hour are probably not there anymore, but I’m very pleased with where I am.”
The last time the 2005 Cy Young Award winner faced Tampa Bay on July 26, he lasted only one inning—giving up two homers and four runs—due to a sore elbow. An MRI taken after that start revealed the partial tear in the rotator cuff and capped a miserable season in which he went 1-5 with a 5.11 ERA.
Moseley (2-0, 1.17) needed just four pitches to record one out and notch the win in a 9-8, 10-inning victory over Detroit on Tuesday. He has already made two starts, allowing just two runs in 12 innings.
“He’s already here,” Scioscia said of Moseley. “Dustin will come prepared to pitch. He knows the situation.”
The way the Angels have played at home this season—both overall and recently against Tampa Bay (9-12)—it may not matter who pitches. Los Angeles has baseball’s best home record thus far at 10-3, and has won 25 of 30 home games versus the Devil Rays since April 29, 2000.
“That’s our second game like that, where things just totally broke down on defense,” Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “We can’t make those mistakes. We gave them too many opportunities.”
Jae Seo (1-1, 7.66) hopes for a defensive improvement as he seeks wins in consecutive starts for the first time since reeling off five in a row from May 4-Aug. 24, 2005. The right-hander ended a personal 13-start winless streak Saturday despite giving up five runs and eight hits in six innings of Tampa’s 6-5 win over Cleveland.
Seo is 0-2 with a 6.55 ERA in two starts against the Angels, and was reached for six runs and eight hits in five innings of an 8-4 loss on July 24.
Angels center fielder Gary Matthews Jr. has five consecutive multihit games and is batting .455 (10-for-22) in that span.