Colon expected to start Sunday for Mets despite thumb injury

BY foxsports • June 22, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) Thumbs up is the word on Bartolo Colon.

Mets manager Terry Collins says Wednesday he thinks Colon will be able to make his next scheduled start, one day after the right-hander was hit on his pitching hand by a line drive.

The 43-year-old Colon threw four pitches Tuesday night against Kansas City before leaving the game with a bruised right thumb. He was hit by a sharp liner off the bat of Royals leadoff man Whit Merrifield.

X-rays were negative, and Collins says Colon is doing fine Wednesday with good flexibility, good strength and just a little swelling in his thumb. Colon is slated to start again Tuesday in Atlanta.

Needing a fresh arm in their taxed bullpen, the Mets recalled right-hander Logan Verrett from Triple-A Las Vegas before Wednesday's game. To make roster room, they optioned infielder Ty Kelly to Las Vegas.

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