Bartolo Colon will start on Saturday at Houston, Melvin announced; he had suggested that as a strong possibility last week. That’s the day Colon ends his suspension, and he must be reinstated that date, plus this eliminates the need to find Colon a spot to get in some work before returning to the A’s. It means two days of extra rest for most of the other A’s starters next week, and one for Brett Anderson, who goes Sunday at Houston.

Straily is expected to be demoted to make room for Colon, but I’m certain we’ll see him back here this season. The likelihood of going through the season with five starters is extremely slim, and who knows how Colon will be post-PED?