I hate to spoil the show for you guys, but Jeff Francoeur’s 100th career home run is “The Event.”
Yep, good ol’ Frenchie became the 756th member of the 100-home run club with a solo shot against the Athletics last night. Breaking a lengthy drought, it was his first round-tripper since August 7 and his first in a Rangers’ uniform. In case you aren’t picking up on the (in)significance of this personal milestone, may I suggest reading this and this.
It’s fun to pick on Francoeur and all, but he is 11-for-29 (.379) with one home run, seven RBI and a game-winning hit-by-pitch since joining the Rangers. Don’t get me wrong, he’s still the same exact player he was before — one walk in 32 plate appearances — but he’s a little less worthless when used appropriately.
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.