Stephen Strasburg dominant again at Triple-A

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stephen strasburg workout.jpgTop prospect Stephen Strasburg continued his dominance at the Triple-A level on Wednesday evening, fanning nine batters over 6 1/3 scoreless innings against a group of Twins minor leaguers.  The stats come compliments of the Nationals’ official Twitter feed.

Strasburg has now fired 18 1/3 scoreless innings since being promoted to Triple-A Syracuse from Double-A Harrisburg and may be only two or three starts away from his big league debut.  The 21-year-old allowed only three hits Wednesday and threw 60 of his 92 pitches for strikes.

Of course, the only reason he remains in the minor leagues is so the Nats can avoid him reaching Super Two status.  The strategy should save the club millions in the long-run, but it’s pretty apparent that Strasburg is ready for greater competition. 

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.