Bartolo Colon, American League Cy Young Winner, is expected to be ready for spring training and hopes to pitch for the Dominican Republic in the inaugural World Baseball Classic if healthy.
Two Angel trainers examined Colon and performed strength tests on his shoulder recently. While his back is fine, he won’t know about the state of his shoulder until he started a rehabilitation and light throwing program, which begin next week.
“It’s hard to say right now [how the shoulder is] because I’m not throwing,” Colon said. “But I know my back is feeling better.”
Colon reportedly has been picked to represent the Dominican Republic in World Baseball Classic next March but is waiting to see how his strained right shoulder responds before deciding if he’ll pitch.
“Pitching in the World Classic is contingent on how his shoulder feels and how his rehab goes,” Manager Mike Scioscia said on the conference call. “We’ll see how he progresses.”