Colby Rasmus to begin swinging within next couple days

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The sample size is still quite small, but Colby Rasmus isn’t off to the best start in Toronto.

Acquired in an eight-player trade back in July, he batted just .216/.239/.398 over his first 92 plate appearances with the Blue Jays and has now been sidelined for two weeks with a sore right wrist.

The 25-year-old is hoping to return to action in mid-September and finish strong down the stretch.

According to beat writer Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, Rasmus has reported significant improvement this weekend and will begin taking practice swings “within the next couple of days.”

Rasmus was a .259/.334/.444 hitter during his nearly three seasons with St. Louis. He had 50 total homers.

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.