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Bartolo Colon doubles down on vow to pitch until he’s 45

Bartolo Colon, 44, was said to be contemplating retirement last week following his debut with the Minnesota Twins. The veteran pitcher made his second start for the Twins against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday night, and on the same day, reversed course on any retirement plans. Instead, Colon doubled down on a previous vow to play until he’s 45.

Colon, who pitched reasonably well against the dominant Dodgers, going five innings while giving up eight hits and three earned runs in a 6-4 loss, mentioned Monday how he hopes to honor a promise to his late mother about pitching at such an advanced age.

“The promise was that I’m going to pitch until I’m 45,” Colon said, via the Star Tribune’s Phil Miller. “I have to make that happen. Next year could be the year, but I have to make the promise come true for my mom.”

Colon indicated last week when discussing a potential retirement that the only eason he’s still playing was that promise to his mother, who passed away in 2014.

While Colon hasn’t been spectacular with the Twins, he hasn’t been awful, either, even showcasing some of his patented “Big Sexy” antics in the field and while toeing the rubber. All told, Colon has posted an 0-1 record with a 7.0 ERA the Twins.

Not only that, it appears Colon has done enough for the Twins to pencil him in for another start, even after the acquisition of Jaime Garcia in a trade with the Atlanta Braves. It was unclear whether Colon would get another shot, but the Twins on Monday optioned fellow starter Kyle Gibson to Triple-A, meaning Colon is slated to start Sunday against the Oakland A’s.

That said, regarding Colon’s desire to play until he’s 45? The veteran doesn’t turn 45 until May 24 next year, and as he previously mentioned, the decision on whether he can fulfill that promise to his mother might not be in his hands.

But there’s no reason to count Colon out just yet.

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