By Mark Gonzales
PHOENIX - Bartolo Colon allowed three runs Monday to Kansas City in a 1 2/3-inning stint that marked his first spring appearance for the White Sox.
In the first inning, Colon threw 11 of 18 pitches for strikes.
Colon's control was an issue, as evidenced by the fact he threw only 22 of 40 pitches for strikes, including only 11 of 22 in his second inning of work. Colon underwent surgery last fall to remove bone chips in his right elbow.
Facing his first batter since August 9, Jose Contreras needed just three pitches to strike out Chris Woodward looking. Yuniesky Betancourt worked the count full before being out-prided by Jose and flying out deep to center. Ken Griffey then took Jose to a full count before striking out looking.
In his second inning of work, he gave up a leadoff single to Adrian Beltre and then fanned two swinging before getting Prentice Redman to ground out.
He threw 44 pitches, 26 for strikes, and his velocity was up to 90-93.
C&C Rehab Factory came through their 50 pitch bullpen sessions this morning unscathed. Contreras is now scheduled to go at least one inning against Seattle on Sunday while Colon is set to pitch Monday against KC. Cooper is quoted as saying it's still realistic for both to be ready for the opening day roster.