"That's what I'm thinking about, that I want to be out there," Colon said through an interpreter. "It's not 100 percent, but that's what I'm asking God -- that I can be back out there, continue pitching in the regular season and hopefully in the playoffs."
Bartolo Colon was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow impingement 10 days ago. He said the pain has subsided and he has begun a throwing program with flat-ground work.
But the reality of the situation might be that Colon has thrown his last pitch with the Angels. He is in the final year of his four-year, $51 million contract. Considering the injury issues he has had in the past year (rotator cuff, triceps tendinitis and now the elbow problem) and the way he has pitched recently, the Angels are not likely to make him a contract offer next winter. Colon is 1-6 with a 9.26 ERA in 10 starts after starting the season with a 5-0 record.
"My only worry and concern right now is my elbow and getting back on the mound," Colon said. "If I start thinking about being a free agent, I'll start thinking about pitching in February (spring training) when I should be thinking about pitching again here, this month.
"If I'm given the opportunity to come back, I would like to come back. But it's almost like that is too far ahead for me to think about. I don't think my career as an Angel is over, because I'm still here in this uniform."