Orioles outfielder Felix Pie recently got picked off first base while playing for Estrellas Orientales in the Dominican Winter League. He wasn’t too happy about it.
I won’t spoil this one too much, but Pie owes that first base coach a steak dinner or something. We can laugh at this now, but this could have turned very, very ugly.
(Hat-tip to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com)
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.