Word spread quickly back at the beginning of the season when Buster Olney tweeted this:
@Buster_ESPN Something happened to Bartolo Colon. He unaged five or six years. Good lord, he’s throwing the heck out of the ball.
Something happened, alright. When the NY Times writes something (Yankees or non-Yankees material) it’s a story:
“This is not hocus-pocus,” Purita said in an interview here. “This is the future of sports medicine, in particular. Here it is that I got a guy back playing baseball and throwing pitches at 95 miles an hour.”
Clearly, this is in that gray-area and those surrounding baseball aren’t sure where to categorize it. We’re in an age where these types of treatments are frowned upon, because it’s not exactly sticking your hand in a barrel of rice and squeezing to get the thunder bolt to come back in your right arm. It’s not ‘natural’. But is it a PED? No, it’s not.
Leave it to Bartolo Colon–a girthed man who looks like he has survived on Krispy Kreme milkshakes for a decade from a third world country–to uncover this type of method of getting your career back.
Baseball is thinking to themselves ‘what are we going to do if every damn Steve Karsay and Todd Van Poppel wants to inject stem cells into their shoulder to get their 95 MPH fastball back?’.
We’re guessing that Colon gets away with it. He’ll be grandfathered in and enjoy another few seasons in the sun. But mark our words, as this presses on this method of recuperation will be outlawed by the suits.