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Report: Colon returning to Sox ... White Sox

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  January 15, 2009 08:44 AM

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According to a report by FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal, righthander Bartolo Colon and the Chicago White Sox have agreed to a one-year deal, pending a physical.

Colon signed a minor-league deal with the Red Sox last February in what GM Theo Epstein called a "no-risk, potential high-reward signing." The 2005 Cy Young award winner started seven games for Boston last season, going 4-2 in 39 innings pitched with a 4.09 ERA. Colon, who had been slowed by shoulder and elbow injuries the past two seasons, injured his back in June during a start against the Phillies after taking several big swings during an at-bat against Philadelphia's Cole Hamels. He was placed on the disabled list before starting a rehab assignment with Pawtucket before returning to Fenway for a start on Sept. 13 against the Blue Jays.

The Red Sox suspended Colon without pay on Sept. 19. He had been late to the ballpark twice for meetings with Sox manager Terry Francona while the team was playing the Rays, then went home to the Dominican Republic. He had reportedly been upset with the Sox' decision to use him out of the bullpen.

Colon was a member of the White Sox in 2003 and pitched a career-high 242 innings for Chicago, with a 15-13 record.

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