Ian Stewart is “a longshot” to be healthy for Opening Day

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Ian Stewart has played all of one inning this spring, leaving his first game with a sprained right knee that has him looking like “a longshot to begin the season on anything other than the disabled list,” according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com.

Stewart injured his knee in a collision with Carlos Gonzalez, who fortunately avoided a serious injury of his own, but manager Jim Tracy stressed yesterday that the Rockies won’t rush Stewart back into the lineup because then “you’re asking for trouble and I had enough of that last year.”

By signing Ty Wigginton to a two-year, $7.5 million deal this offseason the Rockies have an obvious replacement for Stewart at third base, although Wigginton’s defense at the hot corner is pretty shaky at this point and he played just 166 innings there for the Orioles last season.

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.