OAKLAND -- The A's are working under the assumption that they will have Bartolo Colon with them for the rest of the season.
Colon's name has been linked to the Biogenesis scandal, with that Florida firm alleged to have been the conduit to performance-enhancing drugs for major league players. But Colon served a 50-game suspension that began last August and continued through the first five regular-season games this year, and he isn't expected to have to pay for his misdeed twice.
Two baseball sources told the New York Daily News that players who served suspensions last year were not expected to be suspended or otherwise disciplined again. That includes Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera.
A's manager Bob Melvin said Wednesday morning that "I haven't heard anything to suggest" a different scenario. Colon, Wednesday's starting pitcher for the A's, is Oakland winningest pitcher. He came into Wednesday's game with a 14-3 record and ranked third in the American League with a 2.54 ERA.
The Daily News said Wednesday that Major League Baseball told the players' union which players it expects to suspend over Biogenesis-related PED use. The two sides are in negotiations to avoid grievance hearings in as many cases as possible.
MLB apparently would like to announce the penalties for all players caught up in the probe at the same time, and that news could come down Friday.