Yankees cut Chien-Ming Wang loose

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Chien-Ming Wang headshot.jpgAs expected, the Yankees non-tendered Chien-Ming Wang on Saturday.
The 29-year-old right-hander was 1-6 with a 9.64 ERA and 2.02 WHIP in
2009, eventually undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery in June.




Though Wang has already started a
throwing program, he’s not expected to be ready to pitch in the majors until at least May.
He’ll join Erik Bedard and Ben Sheets among low-risk/high-reward
options in free agency.




Wang will receive plenty of interest
(Joe Torre and the Dodgers?), but whoever picks him up can’t be sure of what they will
get. He hasn’t pitched a full season since 2007 and his impressive win totals are in-part a product of a great offense and
Mariano Rivera.

Report: Welington Castillo to be suspended 80 games for violating Joint Drug Agreement

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms a report from journalist Américo Celado that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement. Castillo was believed to have used a steroid, but according to Rosenthal, the substance was not a steroid. More details should come on Thursday.

Castillo, 31, entered Wednesday’s action batting .270/.314/.477 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 118 plate appearances. He has gotten the bulk of the work behind the plate, backed up by Omar Narváez.

Castillo’s absence will likely prompt the White Sox to call up Kevan Smith from Triple-A Charlotte. Smith battled an ankle injury in March and April, so he got a late start to the season. In 102 PA at Triple-A, he has hit .283/.343/.457.