Washington: 'I feel sorry' for Melky, Colon

Washington: 'I feel sorry' for Melky, Colon

ARLINGTON -- Melky Cabrera earned All-Star Game MVP honors for his efforts against Ron Washington's American League squad last month. Bartolo Colon tossed eight shutout innings against Washington's Rangers in an A's victory the month before.

Yet Washington was saddened by the news that they were both suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for testosterone, with Colon's suspension being announced on Wednesday.

"I feel sorry for both [Colon] and Cabrera, because I always had respect for them," Washington said. "He was the veteran that was holding that young Oakland A's staff together. They'll get over it, but I think initially it'll affect them because it'll put added pressure on other people. Melky, I thought he was an offensive juggernaut in San Francisco."

The 2005 Cy Young Award winner, Colon was 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA in 24 starts this season while Cabrera was batting .346 with 11 home runs, 60 RBIs and a Major League-best 159 hits when his 50-game suspension began last week.

"All I can say is to not mess with Major League Baseball. They will get you," Washington said. "That just shows that the drug program is working. I don't think people are just trying to beat the system in baseball. They're trying to beat the system everywhere. I don't care what they've got in place, there will always be people trying to beat the system."