Derek Jeter has done it. And fortunately it wasn’t on a slow roller down the third base line.
Jeter just hit a solo home run off David Price in the bottom of the third inning to collect hit No. 3,000. It was a no-doubter over the left field fence. He was greeted at home plate by his teammates and gave a curtain call to the crowd before heading back into the dugout.
What a way to do it, really. We give Jeter a hard time around here, but you can’t write it up much better than that.
Jeter is the 28th player in major league history to reach 3,000 hits. He is the first Yankees’ player ever to reach the milestone. Jeter and Wade Boggs are the only players to homer for their 3,000th hit.
More to follow.
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.