07/11/05 6:17 PM ET
Anderson, Colon battle back
Both players overcome adversity to join Guerrero as All-Stars
By Doug Miller / MLB.com
Eventually, the condition was diagnosed as an early form of arthritis. Anderson got the right medication, came back with a strong season -- .301 average, 14 homers, 75 RBIs -- and is an All-Star once again as the Angels' midseason RBI leader. He recently drove in the 1,000th run of his career."That year's behind me," Anderson said with a smile. "I learned a lot about myself and I'm moving on." So is Colon, whose first half of 2004, his first season with the Angels after signing a four-year, $51 million contract, was as rocky as the waterfall setting beyond the center-field fence in Angel Stadium. Colon, reeling from an ankle injury, started out 5-8 with a 6.57 ERA, making him the worst full-time starter in baseball. But the burly right-hander got healthy and so did his team. Colon figured some things out down the stretch and finished with 18 victories and 208 1/3 innings pitched, and he enters this All-Star Game, the second of his career, on the same roll. Colon is 11-5 with a 3.42 ERA, which means he's gone 23-9 with a 3.52 ERA in 227 2/3 innings pitched in roughly the last 12months. "It's a pleasure to be back in the All-Star Game," Colon said through an interpreter. "Sometimes, you have good months and bad months in a season, but this year, I feel healthy and strong and I've been able to keep it going. "It's exciting to be able to perform the way my teammates and fans expect me to." Guerrero has been doing that the entire time he's been in the AL and said winning the fan vote is still special no matter how many times he's accomplished it. "I just go out and try to do a great job while I'm here," Guerrero said through an interpreter. "If the fans vote me in, it's a great honor."
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.