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Indians’ Colon Suspension Reduced

July 26, 2001

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Bartolo Colon’s seven-game suspension was reduced by one game Thursday, and the Cleveland pitcher will begin serving his penalty this weekend.

Colon was suspended and fined an undisclosed sum on July 20 by Frank Robinson, baseball’s vice president of on-field operations, for buzzing Houston’s Scott Servais with a pitch July 17.

The right-hander has continued to pitch while appealing the suspension and won his last start on Sunday against Detroit.

But after starting Friday night against the Tigers, Colon will start serving his suspension on Saturday when the Indians play a day-night doubleheader in Detroit, allowing him to knock two games off.

Indians manager Charlie Manuel said GM John Hart and Colon had spoken with Robinson, who apparently decided to trim one game off the suspension in exchange for Colon not pursuing his appeal.

``It’s kind of what we wanted to happen,″ Manuel said. ``By having it reduced by one game it helped us set up the rotation.″

Colon will make his next start on Aug. 4 at home against the Seattle Mariners.

Colon is 9-7 with a 4.33 ERA in 21 starts.

The Indians were initially outraged by Robinson’s decision, arguing that not only did Colon not hit Servais, but Houston pitchers had been throwing at Cleveland batters during the entire series.

Both Juan Gonzalez and Marty Cordova were hit by Astros pitcher Jim Mann in the top of the inning before Colon retaliated by throwing a pitch over Servais’ head.

Earlier, Indians second baseman Roberto Alomar was knocked down and outfielder Ellis Burks had his right thumb broken when he was hit by a pitch.

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