Jimmy Rollins doesn't sound close to returning

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Jimmy Rollins has already missed the last four games with a strained right hamstring and though the Phillies continue to call him day-to-day, his return to the starting lineup doesn’t sound imminent.

Here’s what Rollins told David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News when asked if he’ll return to the starting lineup before the end of the regular season.

“I
hope so. Studies show, even if it’s a mild hamstring,
even though the doctors like to say 7-to-10 days, it’s usually three
weeks. And that’s at the mildest, before I can go and do what I need to
do. But I’m not going to have three weeks. Three weeks, that puts us
right at the playoffs, so, I’m definitely going to try to do my best to
come back before that.”

Rollins apparently feels well enough that he thinks he can pinch-hit from the left side of the plate, since he won’t have to push off his injured leg, but he’s not exactly painting the most optimistic picture here.

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.