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Royals acquire pitcher Roman Colon from Tigers07/13/2007 2:12 PM ET
KANSAS CITY -- The Kansas City Royals have acquired right-handed pitcher Roman Colon (pronounced: row-MONN ko-LONE) from the Detroit Tigers for a player to be named on or before October 15. To make room for Colon on the 40-man roster, the Royals transferred outfielder Reggie Sanders from the 15 to the 60-day disabled list.
Colon, 27, began the 2007 season on the 15-day disabled list after undergoing neck surgery in the off-season. He has recently made rehab appearances at both Triple-A Toledo and Double-A Erie. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound native of Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic, went 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA in six games for Toledo and 2-0 with one save and a 5.91 ERA in five appearances (one start) with Erie.
Colon was originally signed by the Atlanta Braves as a non-drafted free agent on Aug. 14, 1995. He made his Major League debut in 2004 for the Braves before being traded to the Tigers along with Zach Miner in exchange for pitcher Kyle Farnsworth on July 31, 2005. Colon is 6-7 with a 5.03 ERA in 73 career Major League games (8 starts) with the Braves and Tigers. Last season, he made 20 appearances for the A.L. Champion Tigers, going 2-0 with a 4.89 ERA. In 38.2 innings, he allowed 46 hits and 21 earned runs while walking 14 and striking out 25. He posted a 2.84 ERA in nine appearances away from Comerica Park.
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