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Bartolo Colon recalled by Minnesota Twins

By The Sports Xchange
Bartolo Colon has been recalled by the Minnesota Twins, and is scheduled to debut for his 10th major-league team Tuesday. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/b8217fc4afd573e2754987858abdeaf5/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Bartolo Colon has been recalled by the Minnesota Twins, and is scheduled to debut for his 10th major-league team Tuesday. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Right-hander Bartolo Colon will make his debut for his 10th major league team on Tuesday when he starts for the Minnesota Twins against the New York Yankees.

The Twins also reinstated first baseman Joe Mauer from the 10-day disabled list on Saturday and placed outfielder Byron Buxton on the DL.

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Colon was picked up by the Twins after the 44-year-old was released by the Atlanta Braves. The former American League Cy Young Award winner made one start with Triple-A Rochester, allowing four earned runs on as many hits in 3 2/3 innings against Lehigh Valley.

Colon struggled to a 2-8 mark with an 8.14 ERA in 13 starts for the Braves before being designated for assignment. He fared significantly better in 2016 with the New York Mets, posting a 15-8 mark with a 3.43 ERA.

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A 20-year veteran, Colon owns a 235-170 record with a 4.02 ERA and 2,407 strikeouts over 522 career outings (513 starts).

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Colon spent the first five-plus seasons of his career with the Cleveland Indians from 1997 to 2002 before going on to pitch for the Montreal Expos, Chicago White Sox, Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Mets and Braves.

His Cy Young season came with the Angels in 2005, winning a career-high 21 games opposite eight losses and posting a 3.48 ERA and 157 strikeouts in 33 starts.

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Mauer, who had been sidelined since July 7 with a strained lower back, was expected to bat third in the lineup against the Houston Astros on Saturday. The 34-year-old is batting .286 with five homers and 34 RBIs in 75 games this season.

Buxton exited Friday's 10-5 loss to the Astros in the sixth inning with left groin soreness. The 23-year-old is hitting .218 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 84 games this season.

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