Bartolo Colon is the latest Met to deal with an injury. According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Colon is dealing with a tendon injury to his right foot. The team claims that it was sustained while Colon was running bases over the last few weeks.
Terry Collins told reporters before Tuesday’s game against the Marlins that the injury drew no concern from the team. Colon himself also assured reporters that his foot feels fine.
At this point, Colon is still set to start on Sunday in the Mets’ series against the Phillies.
Colon sustained a minor injury earlier this season, in June, when the Royals’ Whit Merrifield hit a ball right to the pitcher's mound where the ball struck Colon in the thumb. Colon was immediately pulled from the game. Ultimately, the thumb was not broken, merely bruised.
On December 16, 2015, Colon re-signed with the Mets on a one-year, $7.25 million contract. At 43 years old, he is now the oldest active player in Major League Baseball. Colon has already said that he’d be “delighted” to return in 2017 if the Mets will have him back.
Colon had five consecutive solid starts before Monday’s letdown against the Marlins. He allowed seven runs in just 2.1 innings, causing his ERA to jump from 3.12 to 3.42 in the process.