Last week the Blue Jays demoted Travis Snider to Triple-A after he hit just .184 in 25 games, with general manager Alex Anthopoulos explaining that they wanted the 23-year-old outfielder to work on his swing mechanics “and get back to what made him successful.”
Not that a week’s worth of action proves anything either way, but Snider has responded well to the demotion by hitting .524 with a 1.249 OPS and getting on base a total of 17 times through six games at Triple-A.
Also encouraging is that he’s drawn six walks while striking out just twice after posting an ugly 203/65 K/BB ratio through 208 games in the majors.
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.