Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/18/12

Bartolo Colon left the 2-1 loss to the Padres on Sunday with a right oblique strain after throwing wildly on a sacrifice bunt by Alexi Amarista in the third inning.

That is likely to mean a disabled list stay for Colon, who is one of only two experienced starters in Oakland's rotation, along with Brandon McCarthy. Entering the season, none of the other starters had more than 12 career starts in the big leagues.

Colon is 6-7 with a 4.22 ERA. He allowed one run Sunday in his two-plus innings of work.

He said via interpreter Ariel Prieto that he incurred the injury while going to get the ball and he knew right away he would have to come out because "it feels bad."

Earlier in the day, the A's had sent out Saturday's spot starter, Tyson Ross, in order to go back to a full bullpen of seven relievers, which turned out to be prudent. Pedro Figueroa, called up Sunday, went three scoreless innings and Jim Miller went two scoreless. Jerry Blevins gave up one run as, for the first time all season, Ryan Cook let an inherited runner to score when his wild pitch allowed Logan Forsythe to score from third in the ninth inning.

Ross is more than likely to return to fill Colon's spot if needed. Ross allowed only one hit in six innings on Sunday, but that hit was a two-run homer by Carlos Quentin, and he also walked four and hit a batter.

McCarthy skipped his last start to keep his problematic right shoulder healthy, but he did not go on the DL and he is scheduled to start Tuesday's series opener against the Dodgers.

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