Mike Lowell to make decision about retirement in September

2 Comments

While on a rehab assignment at Triple-A yesterday Mike Lowell told Rob Bradford of WEEI.com that he “will let you know in September” whether he plans to retire after the season.
Lowell recently spent some time away from baseball at home in Miami and said the experience was “a nice glimpse of what it would be with my family and it made me really excited for that part of my life.”
Lowell is hoping to return from the disabled list early next month and presumably the “in September” decision timeline stems from the August 31 trade deadline. If another team steps up their interest in Lowell and brings him in to help down the stretch, it may convince him to play another season. If he goes unclaimed on waivers and the Red Sox can’t find a taker for him (or don’t use him themselves) then retirement may be the choice.
And of course any further setbacks with his hip problems could make the decision for him without any of that stuff coming into play.

Report: Welington Castillo to be suspended 80 games for violating Joint Drug Agreement

David Banks/Getty Images
3 Comments

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.