For Colon, baseball second to ailing mom

April, 9, 2014
Apr 9
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ATLANTA -- Although Bartolo Colon tossed seven scoreless innings Tuesday against the Atlanta Braves, his mind has been anywhere but baseball recently.

"I have not had my head in baseball for several days. Not since they called me from my house to tell me that my mom has cancer, "Colon told ESPNdeportes.com's Enrique Rojas at Turner Field after his pitching gem.

Colon first received word of his mother's health issue a day after his Mets debut, when he received the call from the Dominican Republic on Thursday.

His mother, Adriana Morales, had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Morales, 63, will learn the result of further tests Wednesday.

"It's a situation where you're trying to be strong, but you cannot," Colon said. "Everyone in the family is very worried, hoping the results come out negative. But when you hear the word cancer, you always think the worst."

Colon said he plans to bring his mother to New York to ensure the best care.

"My mom is my best friend, my confidant," he said. "I talk to her every day, and the only thing that comforts me is that she has not lost her sense of humor. She is a very happy woman."
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187