Red Sox go to Japan, send Colon to minor league camp

Updated: March 19, 2008, 6:40 PM ET
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The Boston Red Sox signed former Cy Young award winner Bartolo Colon to bolster a beat-up rotation. It looks like he's not ready to step in just yet.

Bartolo Colon
Colon

The team announced on Wednesday that they had sent the non-roster invitee to their minor league camp. He was sent out along with Keith Ginter and Joe Thurston.

The two-time All-Star went 7-13 with a 5.72 ERA while slowed by shoulder and elbow injuries the past two seasons. He went 6-8 with a 6.34 ERA in the final year of a four-year, $51 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels last season.

Colon must be added to the Red Sox 40-man roster to get a $1.2 million, one-year contract and have the chance to earn performance and roster bonuses.

As recently as two weeks ago, Red Sox coaches were raving about the right-hander's progress. But in his start against the Yankees on Monday, Colon couldn't get out of the first inning, giving up three hits and four runs.

After the game, he said, "I haven't felt any pain in my arm. That's what I need right now, to stay healthy."

The Red Sox also announced that two members of the major league roster, right-hander Josh Beckett and left-hander Craig Breslow, remained in Florida and did not accompany the team to Japan.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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