Yesterday we learned that the Reds are giving Yonder Alonso some ground balls at third base in their ongoing effort to find ways to get the first base prospect in the lineup alongside Joey Votto.
Today we learned that, not only is he highly unlikely to ever be anything but awful defensively at third base, Alonso will have a tough enough time being passable in left field.
This afternoon Tony Campana of the Cubs hit a line drive into left field, which Alonso proceeded to awkwardly play into an inside-the-park homer.
MLB.com has the amusing video, although sadly they haven’t enabled embedding on it. So, you know, you’ll have to actually click here to see it.
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.