Jonathan Papelbon has suspension reduced to two games

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Jonathan Papelbon’s three-game suspension for bumping umpire Tony Randazzo earned earlier this month seemed excessive, and someone in the league office agreed, as the penalty was reduced to two games on appeal.

He’ll begin serving it today.

Papelbon was suspended June 7 for an incident that took place two days earlier against the A’s.  Randazzo stepped out from behind home plate and took steps toward the mound after getting the impression that Papelbon was yelling at him from the mound.  That led to more chatter, an ejection and then the two going chest-to-chest.

Papelbon, who picked up his 13th save last night against the Rays, will be out of action both Friday and Saturday before being eligible to return to the mound for Sunday’s finale against the Brewers. Daniel Bard is likely to close in his place.

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.