Newsclip®: [Sports] Bartolo Colon told Nationals: ‘Throw it down the middle, [I’m] not swinging’ | New York Post

"WASHINGTON — Bartolo Colon’s last whirl as a 42-year-old was exactly what the Mets have come to expect. The veteran righty, who turns 43 on Tuesday, was coming off consecutive rough outings — a rarity — but limited the Nationals to one run over seven innings in the Mets’ 7-1 victory on Monday. Colon later admitted he has battled lower-back soreness for the last two-plus weeks. Not wanting to risk aggravating the back, he kept the bat on his shoulder and was called out on strikes three times. “I thought it wasn’t worth it to swing,” Colon said. “I swing at the balls pretty hard and I thought, ‘Not worth making my back worse,’ so I told their catcher from the beginning, ‘Just throw it right down the middle, [I’m] not swinging.’ ” On the mound, Colon is 4-3 with a 3.44 ERA. He was asked if it’s an accomplishment to still be winning games at his age. “I think so, and back",

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