Tim Drew To DL, Roman Colon Called Up

The Braves today placed relief pitcher Tim Drew on the 15-day DL and called up pitcher Roman Colon from AAA Richmond, where he had not allowed a run in his past six outings.

The Braves have placed Tim Drew on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right calf.

Right-hander Roman Colon has been called up from AAA Richmond.

The 25-year old Colon was 4-1 with a 3.65 ERA for the Richmond team. His 51 appearances was the most in the International League. Colon allowed 72 hits in 74 innings, 33 runs, 30 earned runs, 22 walks, and 64 strikeouts.

Over the last six games, Colon did not allow a run and gave up just 2 hits in 10 innings, 1 walk, and 11 strikeouts.

Since the All Star Break, Roman was 1-0 in 15 games with a 1.88 ERA, 14 hits allowed in 24 innings pitched, 7 runs, 5 earned runs, 1 walk, and 20 strikeouts.

The 6'6", 225 pound Colon signed with the Braves as a free agent just over nine years ago (August 14, 1995 - the day after his 16th birthday) out of the Dominican Republic. He played one year in the Dominican Summer League before playing in the GCL in 1997. He spent 1999 in Jamestown and then had Tommy John surgery in 2000 causing him to miss that entire season.

Colon bounced back to pitch in 23 games (21 starts) for Macon in 2001. He went 7-7 with a 3.59 ERA. Then in Myrtle Beach in 2002 he had a 9-8 record and a 3.53 ERA in 26 starts.

Midway through the 2003 season, the Braves decided his future in the big leagues would be as a reliever, so they moved him from the Greenville starting rotation to the bullpen. He then went 5-0 with a 2.78 ERA and 2 saves in 27 relief appearances, and did not allow an earned run in his final 13 appearances of the season.

After being placed on the 40-man roster over the winter, Colon was one of the first demotions in spring training. But he went to Richmond and did very well for pitching coach Guy Hansen. Colon was recently clocked at 97 miles an hour and has been consistently clocked in the mid-90's in recent weeks.

Colon, no relation to Angels starter Bartolo Colon, will wear number 40 for the Atlanta Braves.

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