Adam Moore has torn right meniscus, will need surgery

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Mariners backup catcher Adam Moore was pulled from Wednesday’s game against the Rangers in the eighth inning after injuring his knee while trying to chase after a ball in the dirt.

Moore had to be helped off the field by two trainers and Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times noticed that the 26-year-old could barely take his socks off in the clubhouse afterward.

It was an injury that looked rather serious. And now we have confirmation that it was indeed very serious.

From the Mariners’ official Twitter feed comes word that Moore has been diagnosed with a medial meniscus tear in his right knee and will require surgery.

The M’s are likely to promote veteran catcher Josh Bard from Triple-A Tacoma to serve as Miguel Olivo’s backup. Moore could be sidelined for up to two months while in recovery mode. He was 1-for-6 on the year.

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.