Braves haven’t ruled out Jair Jurrjens for playoff rotation

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Last week all indications were that Jair Jurrjens’ knee problems would sideline him through at least the first round of the playoffs, but yesterday manager Fredi Gonzalez “left open the possibility” that he might be cleared to pitch in the NLDS. If the Braves make the playoffs, of course.

David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Jurrjens threw 44 pitches in an instructional league game Saturday and according to Gonzalez “he did OK.”

If healthy Jurrjens would certainly be in the Braves’ playoff rotation, but he hasn’t started a game since August 30 and posted a 5.88 ERA in the second half before being shut down with a bone bruise.

Gonzalez has said previously that he won’t start a pitcher in the playoffs unless they’re able to start a regular season game first, but O’Brien speculates that may no longer be the case because “desperate times sometimes call for desperate measures.”

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.