Colon is asked to take more in-depth tests

first_img The reason? Colon is afraid of needles, according to a source. The contrast MRI involves an IV which injects dye into the affected area to get a more detailed picture. “When Bart leaves here (after the season), we’re going to have a certain idea of where he’s at and what’s happening,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ANAHEIM — Angels starting pitcher Bartolo Colon is halfway through a four-year, $51 million contract and is a leading candidate to win this year’s Cy Young Award in the American League. So it’s understandable the club would like to know exactly what is going on with his right shoulder. Colon, who injured the shoulder in Game 5 of the American League Division Series against the Yankees last Monday, had an MRI exam which revealed a strained muscle in the back of the shoulder. After a few days, the club wanted more information and was planning another test, a contrast MRI, but it isn’t going to happen. Finley wasn’t happy when he saw the lineup. “Two words I can think of: Not happy,” Finley said. “I don’t make the decisions, I don’t make the lineups. I really wanted to play.” Scioscia said he considered dropping a slumping Chone Figgins from the leadoff spot. “We gave a lot of thought to it, and I think what it comes down to is when we look at the options we have and you look at what Figgy can do even when he’s not swinging the bat well, he can create offense, he can be a spark at any point,” Scioscia said. White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko had some sympathy for the Angels hitters, seeing how they struggled during the series against the White Sox pitching. “Believe me, I think more than half the credit, if not all of it, at least 90 percent of it, has got to go to our pitching,” he said. “These guys are not giving them anything to hit. It’s just tough. “They’re up there, I see them doing what hitters should be doing, going up there to hit the first pitch, but when it’s painted low and away on the black or a nasty changeup or a slider for a first-pitch strike, it just gets tough to hit that way when you’re getting behind.” Konerko was a draft pick of the Dodgers and came up through their minor-league system before being traded to the Reds by Tom Lasorda, who was the general manager at the time. But he holds no hard feelings towards the Dodgers. “I think I just came up at the wrong time,” he said. “If I would have come up a couple years earlier, it probably would have worked out and if I came up a couple years later it probably would have worked out. It was just bad timing.” The phantom out call by Doug Eddings in Game 2 and the missed catcher’s interference call by Ron Kulpa in Game 4 were the most glaring missed calls by the umpiring crew, but the Angels seemed to be on the wrong end of nearly every close call in the series. “Those guys aren’t trying to miss calls,” said Finley, who hit into a double play when Kulpa didn’t see Finley’s bat hitting catcher A.J. Pierzynski’s glove. “They’re human, they make mistakes. Ninety-nine percent of the time I feel an ump missed a call, they turn out to be right. Unfortunately, that isn’t happening now.” Joe Haakenson can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Angels pitcher Jarrod Washburn, a free agent once the World Series is over and not expected to return next season, conducted postgame interviews while still wearing his full uniform. “I just haven’t gotten around to taking it off yet,” Washburn said. “Looking back, I’ll always think of my time here as positive, if it is the end.” Scioscia used a lineup Sunday in Game 5 he had not used all season and did so in an effort to bring more offense. Steve Finley went to the bench as Garret Anderson moved to center field for the first time since Oct. 2, 2004. Juan Rivera played left field and Casey Kotchman was the designated hitter. “As much stock as we put in our defensive continuity, especially with (pitcher) Paul Byrd, we have to examine every angle of the needs of our club,” Scioscia said. “If Garret’s running well, which he is, he’s a good center fielder. Juan’s a good left fielder. It gives us better balance to the lineup.” last_img read more