Future Hall of Famer Chipper Jones added another milestone to his collection Monday night, collecting his 500th career double in the 12th inning against the Padres.
It was his seventh double in 23 games this season.
Jones, who earlier this month reached 1,500 RBI for his career, is the fourth switch-hitter to reach 500 doubles, joining Pete Rose (746), Eddie Murray (560) and Roberto Alomar (504). He ranks fourth among active players behind Ivan Rodriguez (567), Todd Helton (532) and Bobby Abreu (527).
Chipper is now tied for 50th all-time in doubles. He’s also 50th all-time in total bases, having jumped from 4,399 to 4,401 with the hit. Within the next week, he’ll pass fellow third baseman Mike Schmidt for 49th on that list at 4,404.
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.