Jason Heyward hoping to rejoin lineup tomorrow

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Jason Heyward sat out games Sunday and Monday because of shin splints, but was able to take batting practice this morning and manager Bobby Cox indicated that he could return to the lineup as soon as tomorrow.
Prior to the shin splints Heyward had the Grapefruit League buzzing by going 17-for-49 (.347) with several cars smashed by monstrous home runs to win the Braves’ right field job (and Craig Calcaterra’s heart) at age 20 and with all of 50 games above Single-A.
For more on the best position player prospect in baseball, check out my “What kind of damage can Jason Heyward do as a 20-year-old rookie?” analysis from last week.

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.