Colon expected in Charlotte

Updated: July 9, 2009, 10:43 AM ET
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CHICAGO -- Right-hander Bartolo Colon, whose whereabouts had been uncertain a day earlier, is now expected to join the Chicago White Sox's Triple-A team in Charlotte and make his scheduled injury rehab start Thursday, a team spokesman said.

"He's a grown man. I only worry about the people who are in the clubhouse right now," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said Wednesday, adding that when the team signed Colon in the offseason, it took three days to make contact with Colon.

Bartolo Colon

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"It's just the way he is," Guillen said. "I expect him to be there today. They are waiting for him."

White Sox general manager Ken Williams said Tuesday the team wasn't sure where Colon was. He was put on the disabled list June 9 and had been in Arizona rehabbing a sore knee and working on his pitching before making a rehab start.

"I know where he is supposed to be right now. He's supposed to be in [Triple-A] Charlotte, preparing to start Thursday," Williams said Tuesday, adding that Colon's agent hadn't been in close contact with the pitcher.

Colon is 3-6 with a 4.23 ERA in 11 starts this season and has given up 12 homers.

But on Wednesday, Guillen also found some humor in the situation.

"I worry about Colon because Colon was a big-time Michael Jackson fan," Guillen told reporters. "He might [watch] the TV and cry all day long. Maybe he is in L.A. at his funeral, because I can't find him. When he gets to Charlotte, Oney [Guillen's son] will call me to say he's there.

"Nobody knows how big of a Jackson fan Colon was. I'm serious. He might be depressed a little bit," Guillen added.

If Colon does well in a couple of rehab starts, he could rejoin the White Sox and perhaps pitch in one game of a doubleheader July 24 against the Tigers.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.