General manager Brian Cashman gave an update on Phil Hughes’ status, revealing that the right-hander got a cortisone shot in his injured shoulder last week and is likely at least 6-8 weeks from potentially rejoining the Yankees’ rotation.
According to Cashman he “feels significantly better” but will remain shut down for two more weeks, at which point Hughes could be cleared to begin a throwing program.
While the latest on Hughes qualifies as a positive because he doesn’t have thoracic outlet syndrome and there’s now an actual timetable for his return, there’s still no clear-cut explanation for his arm problems and he’s hardly a sure thing to pitch again this season.
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.