Right-hander Bartolo Colon is doing fine after being struck by a line drive while pitching in the Dominican Winter League, his agent said Monday.
Colon, whose season with the A's ended Aug. 22 when he was suspended for elevated levels of testosterone, was struck in the mouth by a liner Sunday and taken to a hospital, according to reports, though he walked off the field under his own power.
"He's fine," agent Adam Katz said. "He took a ball off the chin and needed some stitches, but he's fine."
It's the latest scary incident involving pitchers and line-drive comebackers. A's starter Brandon McCarthy required brain surgery after being struck in the head by a liner Sept. 5 off the bat of the Angels' Erick Aybar.
In Game 2 of the World Series, a liner from the Giants' Gregor Blanco glanced off the head of Tigers pitcher Doug Fister, though Fister remained in the game.
Katz declined to comment on what type of interest he expects Colon, 39, to generate as a free agent in light of his suspension. A's general manager Billy Beane said Oct. 12 that he hadn't had any recent dialogue with Colon's camp.
The A's have four free agents -- Colon, McCarthy, outfielder Jonny Gomes and third baseman Brandon Inge -- and hold exclusive negotiating rights with them until 9:01 p.m. (PT) Friday night.
Gomes and McCarthy have expressed interest in returning.