Brian Roberts was examined today by a concussion specialist who told him he needed more rest, so Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that the Orioles have ruled him out through the All-Star break.
Roberts initially suffered the concussion while sliding head-first into first base on May 16 and the All-Star break is hardly an established timetable, as Ghiroli writes that “his return after that continues to be cloudy.”
In other words, he’ll definitely miss at least two months and the Orioles have no idea when he’ll ultimately be back, which unfortunately sounds an awful lot like what happened to Justin Morneau and Jason Bay following their concussions last 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.