Rangers' Bartolo Colon takes 102-mph hit to gut, still makes out

By Alex Butler  |  May 17, 2018 at 3:10 PM
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May 17 (UPI) -- Veteran pitcher Bartolo Colon took a comebacker to the gut before making an out in a Texas Rangers victory against the Seattle Mariners.

Colon made the play in the bottom of the fourth inning during the Rangers' 5-1 win Wednesday at Safeco Field in Seattle, Wash. The righty was facing Mariners shortstop Jean Segura during the exchange.

He got Segura for a swinging strike with an 82.5-mph changeup, before winding up for his second pitch of the at-bat. Segura swiped at the 86.1-mph fastball, drilling it right at Colon. The 5-foot-11, 285-pound pitcher tried to get the ball with his glove, but wasn't fast enough. Instead, the ball tagged him on the left side of his stomach.

"It hit me more on the side than in the middle," Colon told reporters. "I have a lot of big belly, so I can take it."

Colon gathered the deflection with his right hand and tossed it to first base, getting the first out of the inning. He then forced Mitch Haniger into a fly ball for an out and got Kyle Seager to ground out to first base.

Colon earned his second victory of the season, allowing four hits and tossing three strikeouts in 7.2 shutout innings. The 44-year-old owns a 2.82 ERA this season.

The Rangers begin a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox at 8:10 p.m. Thursday at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Ill.

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