X-ray negative, but Bartolo Colon's right forearm swollen

DENVER -- An X-ray of New York Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon's right forearm revealed no fracture. Colon had been struck by Colorado Rockies starter Jon Gray while squaring to bunt in the second inning Friday night.

till, Colon's forearm was significantly swollen after the Mets had completed a 14-9 win at Coors Field.

Colon allowed three homers and was charged with seven runs in 3 2/3 innings as his ERA swelled to 4.90 in a no-decision.

"It's a little swollen, but overall I'm OK," Colon said through an interpreter. "It did affect me a little bit, but it's not an excuse. It's got nothing to do with my performance. I'm glad the team picked me up and they came back and we got a key victory."

Manager Terry Collins said Colon wanted to continue after getting struck.

When Colon served up a homer to Ben Paulsen -- the first batter he faced after returning to the mound for the bottom of the second -- Collins noticed Colon looked at his forearm. So Collins and trainer Ray Ramirez came to the mound to check on Colon, who again remained in the game.

"He said he could pitch," Collins said. "... This is a tough place to pitch when you rely on a fastball. If you don't strike people out in this park, you're going to give up runs."

The Mets had staked Colon to a 7-1 lead. By the time Colon was knocked out following a three-run homer by Nolan Arenado in the fourth, Colorado had clawed within 8-7.

"I'm not the only pitcher who suffers in this ballpark. Even the bullpen coach," Colon joked, referring to Ricky Bones, who was acting as interpreter for his postgame issue.

Colon next is due to pitch Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies. Asked if he will be able to make that start considering the forearm swelling, Colon replied: "I hope the lord protects me and I won't have to skip a start based on this."