The Rays hire ex-Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland

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This had been rumored for a while, but it’s now official: the Rays have hired former Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland. Eiland was named as a special assistant to Rays’ GM Andrew Friedman. He’ll some scouting and handle special assignments.

Eiland left the Yankees under somewhat clouded circumstances. Apparently only Murray Chass knows what those circumstances were, but he’s a responsible journalist who doesn’t engage in irresponsible speculation. Except of course when he does.

Either way, I find it weird that I didn’t realize that Eiland used to pitch for the Devil Rays.  It doesn’t feel like they’ve been around long enough for any of their former players to have grown-up Major League jobs. But I suppose that’s more a comment on how time flies for old people like me than reality.

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.