The A's had some hopes, privately expressed, that right-hander Bartolo Colon would speak with the media, and perhaps with his teammates, about his 50-game suspension for a positive drug test that began last year.
But when pitchers and catchers -- and quite a few position players -- reported to Phoenix Municipal Stadium for the first day of spring training Monday, it didn't happen.
Colon's teammates seemingly could not care less.
"I don't need to hear (an apology) from him," closer Grant Balfour said. "And we can't hold a grudge. He's our teammate, and we'll be right there with him."
Colon tested positive for testosterone and was suspended Aug. 22. He was the only true veteran in the A's rotation, and he was missed, although you wouldn't have known it from the team's performance after his departure.
Colon hadn't been around his teammates since then -- until Monday.
Brett Anderson, one member of the rotation who stepped up in Colon's absence, said he is glad to see Colon back in green and gold.
"Bartolo had a lot of success last year for us," Anderson said. "We can't be mad or hold a grudge.' "
In fact, the opposite is true. The A's missed Colon, they like him, and they are happy to have him back.
"We know Bartolo, and he knows us," pitcher Jarrod Parker said. "We don't need him to prove (anything) or make any statements or anything like that. We know who he is and how good he is on the field, so we are not pushing him for anything. I know he's going to address us, and he'll do it as he wants to."