Brandon Morrow allows five runs in three-inning start at Single-A

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The Blue Jays placed right-hander Brandon Morrow on the 15-day disabled list at the start of the regular season due to forearm inflammation. On Thursday, he took a big but shaky step toward returning.

According to John Lott of Toronto’s National Post, Morrow allowed five runs — four earned — over just three innings in a rehab outing at Single-A Dunedin. He struck out only two batters and walked one.

The poor results are somewhat worrisome, but Morrow showed ace-like stuff in the second half of the 2010 season and may have been working out some of his lingering discomfort on the Single-A mound this evening. He’ll get at least one more rehab start to build his arm strength and he should hit the ground running when Toronto finally activates him from the disabled list.

Aaron Gleeman picked Morrow as one of his “breakout picks” of 2011 during spring training.

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.