D'Backs designate Dontrelle Willis for assignment

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Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse reports that the Diamondbacks have designated left-hander Dontrelle Willis for assignment.

Really, it’s about time.  D-Train completely failed as a starter for Arizona, allowing 14 earned runs and 27 walks in 21.1 innings (five starts).  He was moved to the bullpen at the end of June and allowed three earned runs in one relief outing.

Willis could make it through waivers unclaimed and return to the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate, or perhaps another organization will give him a shot. 

Either way, the struggles will almost certainly continue.  The southpaw has a 5.62 ERA and a 1.95 WHIP in 65.2 total innings this season, along with a hideous 47/56 K/BB ratio.

The D’Backs acquired Dontrelle from the Tigers on June 1 for right-hander Billy Buckner, who has a 7.47 ERA, a 1.92 WHIP and an 18/13 K/BB ratio at Triple-A Toledo.

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.