Gregg Zaun headed to DL with shoulder injury

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Gregg Zaun left yesterday’s game with a strained shoulder and Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that the 39-year-old catcher will be put on the disabled list today. To replace Zaun on the roster the Brewers are expected to call up 24-year-old prospect Jonathan Lucroy from Triple-A.
Angel Salome was once considered the Brewers’ top catching prospect and backstop of the future, but he was mediocre at Triple-A last year and recently took an “extended leave of absence” after telling the team he was “struggling mentally” and “not mentally prepared to play.”
Lucroy hasn’t done anything at Triple-A yet, hitting just .238 in 21 games, but batted .267 with a .380 on-base percentage and 66/78 K/BB ratio in 125 games at Double-A last season and has thrown out over 40 percent of stolen base attempts for his career. With modest power and a very good eye at the plate Lucroy actually profiles similarly to Zaun and will split time behind the plate with George Kottaras, who has started 13 of 41 games while drawing 17 walks and posting a 1.035 OPS in 60 plate appearances.

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.