Braves’ Snitker says Colon to remain starter after DL stint

Braves manager Brian Snitker said the plan is for struggling right-hander Bartolo Colon to rejoin the starting rotation when he returns from a stint on the 10-day disabled list.

The Braves placed Colon on the DL with a left oblique strain Tuesday, a day after his latest ineffective outing. After 12 starts Colon’s 7.78 ERA is the worst among qualifying pitchers in the majors. After the game Tuesday Colon said he realized a bullpen assignment could be coming and that he would accept it.

Instead, the Braves placed Colon on the DL with that they said is a recurring physical issue and Snitker said Colon would not go to the bullpen when he’s activated.

“I don’t think we can rule anything out but I would like to get him back out starting,” Snitker said. “That would be the ideal thing.”

The Braves signed Colon, 44, to a one-year, $12.5 million deal in November after he had a resurgent year with the Mets.