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Melvin said he is not sure that Colon will be available in relief, citing concerns about Colon's fairly strict pre-start routine. Melvin did say, however, that Colon did volunteer to pitch, if needed.
Delivering the news to Colon was difficult, according to Melvin.
"This guy has 18 wins and has been our ace and been as consistent as you could ever be. And he's an All-Star on top of it, a 40-year-old veteran," Melvin said. "He made it easy on me. He looked at me and said, 'OK, I just want a win.' "
Asked if Game 3 starter Jarrod Parker might be available in relief on three days' rest -- Parker has a small bit of relief experience, one game in the 2011 postseason with Arizona -- Melvin said the team would have to see how Parker is feeling Thursday. Melvin expressed some concern Tuesday about the quality of Parker's stuff in Game 3 and said he thought Parker did not look 100 percent Monday.