Red Sox rehabilitation project Bartolo Colon has shown positive dividends already after just one spring start. Throwing twenty- six pitches, Colon gave up one run in two innings pitched, giving up two hits, one walk and struck a batter out. The most exciting part for the Red Sox was the arm strength Colon showed, as he was consistently peppering 94MPH on the radar gun. A very impressive number considering this was only his first start of the spring.
This is great news for the Red Sox, who could use some good news in their rotation after losing ace Josh Beckett to back spasms in the short term and Curt Schilling to a damaged shoulder that will need months of rehabilitation in the long term. While it is doubtful that Colon can regain his once elite ace status, he has shown he can at least be a serviceable arm again, who can be trusted to get batters out.
Well we doubted Colon and his comeback attempt early on and still feel that he needs to show he can stay healthy for an extended stretch. That being said, Colon has immediately improved his sleeper potential going into the season. He is now worth a late round flier because he has some pretty decent upside potential, especially considering the potent Sox offense. While he won't be the ace he was again, he could be good for a tremendous start here and there and other wise, some pretty average numbers along the way.