On a day when Bartolo Colon discussed his drug suspension for the first time, another A's pitcher was connected to performance-enhancing drugs in a report.
Jordan Norberto, a left-hander who was a valuable member of the Oakland bullpen last season, was linked to the South Florida clinic that is the subject of a Major League Baseball steroid investigation. ESPN.com named Norberto and former A's reliever Fautino De Los Santos, now with San Diego, among five new players listed in documents from the Biogenesis of America clinic, run by Anthony Bosch.
"We have no comment and are communicating with Major League Baseball," A's spokesman Bob Rose said in an e-mail when asked about Norberto's name appearing in the report.
Norberto did not immediately respond to a request for comment. His agent, Barry Praver, said in a text message that he did not represent Norberto last season, when Norberto was with the ACES agency, which represents several players who have been connected to Bosch's clinic.
Colon said Tuesday morning that he was sorry about his Aug. 22 suspension, but declined to give specifics about his testosterone use.
"The only thing I can say about last year is I apologize to everyone, even the fans, the team, the front office about what happened," Colon said.
Several times, Colon thanked the A's for giving him the opportunity to pitch again, and he said he felt bad he couldn't be part of the team for the end of the season and the playoffs.
Colon was more evasive when it came to details about the steroid use that landed him a 50-game suspension, which runs for five games once this season begins. He gave non-answers when asked about the effects of the steroids, but when asked about his ability to perform without them this season, he said that he feels good and has the power to compete again.
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Bartolo Colon apologizes to A's, fans
San Francisco Chronicle | Feb 20