Bryce Harper tweets — then deletes — some pro-Yankees rah-rah

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Every time I read a story about Bryce Harper I have to remind myself that he’s still only 18-years-old and that, on the whole, 18-year-olds are pretty much awful in every respect.  Or at least honest in a “I don’t know nor do I care what other people think” kind of way. Which is usually fine because who cares what an 18-year-old says.  It’s only when they’re in the public spotlight when it becomes an issue.

And Harper is in the spotlight.  And Harper grew up a Yankees fan. And, unlike every other pro ballplayer who checks his youthful fandom at the door when they star their career, Harper hasn’t really done that yet.  The evidence: his Twitter feed from last night, which was saved for posterity by Mike Prada at SB Nation DC:

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Those tweets were subsequently deleted, and this one came down:

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It’s a small thing. But the code of major leaguers — which Harper will be before he turns 20 — is that you don’t root for other teams like that.  Maybe you root in a subdued way for a personal friend to have a good series, or maybe you offer mild congratulations, but you pretty much have to check the rah-rah stuff at the door once you start getting the pro paychecks.

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.