The Padres are in on Noah Lowry

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Noah Lowry headshot.jpgThe Padres are among the teams that have interest and have requested medical records for free agent left-hander Noah Lowry.

Lowry, 29, has a 4.03 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 106 major league games (100
starts), but hasn’t thrown a pitch in the bigs since 2007 due to
procedures on his forearm, elbow and rib. His agent
Damon Lapa won’t take any offers for Lowry before a throwing session for interested parties later this month,
but sees the Padres as a good fit:

“I think it’s safe to say Noah would be open to the possibility of
pitching for the Padres,” Lapa said. “… San Diego would not be a
difficult sell for us.”

As well he should. Lowry surely saw what pitching in Petco Park did for
his friend and former teammate Kevin Correia after the Padres inked him
to a minor league contract last winter. For a pitcher who’s looking to
get his career back on track, there’s few better landing spots than San
Diego.

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.