Doug Davis set to audition for teams next week

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Doug Davis was limited to just eight starts last season with the Brewers due to a heart problem and an elbow injury which eventually required surgery. The good news is that he’s now back to full health and ready to put himself back out there for MLB teams.

Steve Canter, the agent for Davis, tells Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com that the 35-year-old southpaw will audition for teams in Tempe, Arizona next Thursday.

Davis is currently working his way back from surgery  last October to repair a small tear in his flexor tendon. Canter tells Crasnick that Davis is “feeling great” and has already been throwing for about two and a half months.

It’s nice to hear Davis is healthy again, as I have always found him a pretty easy guy to root for, but just how useful he can be to an MLB team is up for debate. Never known for his command (4.4 BB/9 for his career), you could usually mark him down for around 200 innings per season in the past. Not sure you can do that at this point.

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.