The Biogenesis hammer dropped on Monday, with Major League Baseball suspending 12 players for 50 games. A's right-hander Bartolo Colon, however, was not one of them, and he'll be on the mound for Wednesday's series finale against the Reds.
Colon had already served a 50-game PED-related suspension last season, meaning -- as manager Bob Melvin had expected -- the A's were exempt from losing their most reliable starter for this season's stretch run.
"I'm glad I was right," Melvin said. "That was just my feeling. That would've been quite the loss for us, and that's not something we were looking forward to. "I think everyone had the same feeling that -- based on it being the same place, talking about the same things -- he had already done his time for that."
Colon (14-3, 2.50 ERA) has thrown 15 consecutive quality starts, the longest such streak by an A's pitcher since 1916. During that time, he's 11-1 with a 1.69 ERA.
Opposite Colon will be Reds righty Homer Bailey (6-10, 3.55 ERA), who snapped a string of four straight losses by taking a shutout into the ninth against the Padres last Wednesday. He left the game after an error and a double, and that unearned run was the only one he allowed in 8 1/3 dominant frames.
The victory was Bailey's first since he tossed a no-hitter on July 2 against San Francisco. Bailey went 0-4 with a 4.68 ERA in the four games between wins.
The Reds have slumped a bit recently, and they've fallen to 6 1/2 games back in the National League Central race with a 3-7 mark in their last 10 contests. That equals their largest deficit since the conclusion of the 2011 season, in which they missed the playoffs entirely.
Manager Dusty Baker called for a renewed sense of urgency.
"Wins -- that's what we're here for," Baker said. "I don't care what it looks like, we just need some wins."
A's: Jaso likely to 15-day DL
John Jaso will likely be transferred to the 15-day disabled list this week. The A's catcher was placed on the seven-day concussion DL 12 days ago.
"He continues to improve as far as how he feels after riding the bike and all," Melvin said. "But still, until we actually get him into baseball activities, there's really no way of knowing how to forecast his schedule."
It is the third concussion of Jaso's career, and he said it has lingered far longer than either of the previous two.
Reds: Broxton returns
Baker said right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton will be activated from the disabled list before Wednesday's game.
"We've been operating with less than our full team," Baker said. "The guys that have taken their place have done a good job overall. But now it's time for the big boys to come in."
Broxton, who is recovering from a strain in his right elbow, has been on the disabled list since June 15. In 29 appearances this season, he has posted a 4.33 ERA.
• Oakland's Seth Smith is hitting .429 lifetime against Bailey with three homers, a double and five RBIs in 14 at-bats.
• The Reds are 34-19 at Great American Ballpark this season, and they've won 11 of 17 series there.
• Wednesday's game marks the A's final Interleague contest of the season. They are 13-6 this year against the NL.