Rafael Furcal at least 25-30 days from returning to Dodgers

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Rafael Furcal got a platelet-rich plasma injection after being placed on the disabled list over the weekend with a strained oblique muscle suffered during a rundown and manager Don Mattingly told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that the shortstop is not expected back for 25-30 days.

Dee Gordon was called up from Triple-A to replace Furcal on the roster and the Dodgers seem committed to giving the 23-year-old prospect a lengthy look at shortstop that will probably last through the All-Star break.

As for Furcal, this will be the third time in four years that he’s missed a significant chunk of the season with injuries after missing 126 games in 2008 and 65 games in 2010. He’s played in just 17 of the Dodgers’ first 62 games this year and sounds likely to miss at least another month. Combined in those four seasons he’ll have earned $40 million.

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.