A's Expected to Place Bartolo Colon on DL

June 17, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon (21) stands next to infielder Brandon Inge (7) after suffering an apparent injury against the San Diego Padres in the third inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

Prior to yesterday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin confirmed starting pitcher Bartolo Colon is likely headed to the disabled list with an oblique injury, reports Ben Estes of MLB.com. Melvin said this weekend that right-hander Tyson Ross could be recalled from Triple-A to replace Colon if the veteran does hit the DL.

Colon sustained the injury during Sunday’s game against the San Diego Padres. The 39-year-old stopped and threw wild while fielding a sacrifice bunt and was removed from the game shortly after.

An MRI Monday confirmed the oblique strain, though the A’s medical staff is still determining the severity of the injury.

On the season, Colon has posted an ERA and WHIP of 4.22 and 1.305 over his 15 starts. Over his 89 2/3 innings pitched, Colon has 5.5 SO/9 and 1.6 BB/9.

Ross has started 10 games for the A’s this season, maintaining an ERA and WHIP of 6.11 and 1.736 over his 53 innings. The 35-year-old has experienced more success with the club’s Triple-A affiliate, posting an ERA and WHIP of 2.45 and 1.182 over his four starts.

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