Ailing Colon left off ALCS roster by Angels

CHICAGO -- Injured ace Bartolo Colon was left off the Los Angeles Angels' roster for the AL Championship Series Tuesday and
will not pitch against the Chicago White Sox.

A 21-game winner during the regular season, Colon left his start
Monday night against the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the playoffs
after only 23 pitches because of inflammation in his right
He had been bothered by tightness in his back since early
September, and was to be re-evaluated by team doctors on Tuesday
before Game 1 of the ALCS. The right-hander was expected to have an
MRI on Wednesday in Chicago.
"You have to know Bartolo, he's a horse. This guy doesn't
complain about anything. When he says something is bothering him,
you know it's significant," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
"There's been no indication that there is any damage in there
that would impact him moving forward. But they're going to do some
tests and we'll get a better idea this week exactly what his status
is. I think as soon as he came out of last night's ballgame it was
pretty ominous and pretty obvious that he wasn't going to be able
to help us in this series."
Rookie Ervin Santana came on against New York and pitched 5 1/3
innings of solid relief to earn the win in a 5-3 victory, sending
the Angels into the ALCS for the second time in four seasons.
But if they're going to reach the World Series, they'll have to
do it without Colon, a leading candidate for the AL Cy Young Award.
"We had to make a decision real quick. The rosters had to be in
by 10 a.m.," general manager Bill Stoneman said. "This is
something that was sprung on us last-second. We ran with the
information that we had, which isn't a whole lot. The best guess,
in the best-case scenario, was that he wouldn't be available for a
game this particular series.
"This has been a resilient club for an entire season. There is
really no reason for that to change. The club has the right
attitude to absorb bumps in the road."
With the Angels' rotation in shambles following their
first-round series, Paul Byrd was set to start the ALCS opener on
three days' rest.
Los Angeles did get some good news: Left-hander Jarrod Washburn,
scratched from his scheduled start in Game 4 against the Yankees
due to a throat infection and fever, was set to go in Game 2 on
Wednesday night against the White Sox.
"Well, it isn't a slam dunk that he's going to be able to
start," Scioscia said. "He's eating solid food, his strength is
back, so he looks like if he keeps progressing he should be OK for
If Washburn can't pitch, Scioscia said he would probably give
the ball to reliever Kevin Gregg, who made two starts during the
regular season.
"I feel great," Washburn said with a raspy voice and more than
a touch of sarcasm. "I'm still a little tired and a little weak,
but I'll be ready to go."
Right-handed reliever Esteban Yan replaced Colon on the ALCS
roster. He was left off the first-round roster.
Yan was 1-1 with a 4.59 ERA in 49 regular-season appearances.
"When you lose Colon, you lose a guy that's going to give you
innings. Yan, we feel, is best equipped to give us innings,"
Stoneman said.