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Colabello Back in the Majors

Growing up in Massachusetts cheering for the Red Sox, it had to be pretty satisfying for Chris Colabello to light up New York Yankees pitching. The Milford native was recalled to the Major Leagues from AAA on May 5 and promptly began tearing up his favorite team's longtime rival.
A member of the Toronto Blue Jays, Colabello went 2-for-4 with a run scored in his first game back in the show and added another double and four more hits the following day.
Talk about giving Boston fans a reason to cheer.
It might have been a bit more of a mixed reaction when he turned the tables on his hometown team. Colabello hit his first home run of the season in his team's next series against the Red Sox, driving a 3-1 fastball from Wade Miley over the fence in right field. He also added a three-hit performance as the Jays took two-of-three from Boston.
Since being recalled, the 2001 Milford High grad has hit a blistering .396 (19-for-48) with a home run and six runs batted in. He has seen time in right field, at first base, and as the team's designated hitter.
After spending parts of the last two seasons with the Minnesota Twins, Colabello is making himself at home in the Toronto organization. He began the year in AAA Buffalo and hit .337 with five home runs and 18 RBIs through 23 games before being called up.
Colabello got off to a similar hot start last season before an injury derailed his season. He suffered from nerve inflammation and ended up back in AAA. After staying away from swinging the bat for most of the fall, he intended on going back to Twins camp and competing for a spot on the 25-man roster. Minnesota designated him for assignment, however, and he was waived by the Twins in December. Not long after, the Blue Jays put in a claim, and the stage was set for a return to the Majors north of the border.
One of the byproducts of Colabello's injury last season is the fact that he did not get to play against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Twins sent him to AAA before making their only trip to Boston last summer. He will have another chance to play in front of a hometown crowd from June 12 through 14 when the Blue Jays come to town for a three game series.




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