FORT MYERS, Fla. – Bartolo Colon continues to be a pretty good story in his attempt to become Boston’s fifth starter. The former Cy Young winner popped a couple of good fastballs, had good movement on his pitches in two innings of work here at City of Palms Park vs the Rays.
Colon, asked if he felt he could ever reach the level that made him one of the best pitchers in the game said, “I’m definitely trying to reach that level. I’m older and my body is in a different stage, but it doesn’t mean I can’t keep trying.”
Colon threw 26 pitches. He got out of a bases-loaded jam in the first, caused in part by Alex Cora’s error at shortstop in trying to one hop a broken-bat pop up hit to him. Colon said he knew he could et out of the jam as long as he got the first out. he struck out B.J. Upton and then got Jonny Gomes to pop out to catcher Dusty Brown and retired second baseman John Rodriguez on a ground ball to first base.
Colon allowed a solo homer to left fielder and No. 9 hitter Jon Weber with two outs in the second inning.
Colon said he was pleased with his arm strength. “I’m thrilled. My arm is responding. I didn’t know how hard I was throwing, but it felt great.”