Ryan Theriot loses hearing, will earn $2.6 million

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Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that shortstop Ryan Theriot will earn $2.6 million this season after losing his arbitration hearing with the Cubs. He requested $3.4 million when arbitration figures were exchanged last month.

Theriot, 31, batted .284/.343/.369 with seven home runs, 54 RBI, 21 stolen bases and 81 runs scored last season. Though he is more than four years older, Theriot’s numbers were quite comparable to fellow shortstop Stephen Drew last season, who avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $3.4 million contact with the Diamondbacks in January. Arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, Theriot still receives a sizable raise from the $500,000 salary he made in 2009.

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.