Frank McCourt apologizes to Dodgers fans

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Frank McCourt moved on from denial to acceptance some time over the past month or two, and yesterday he started to make amends.  Speaking to reporters at the dedication of a youth baseball field yesterday, McCourt said that, for the most part, Dodgers fans have been great to him since he’s been there.  But then he added:

“I know the last couple years were very, very difficult.  I’m very, very sorry about that. We’re going to move forward and handle the situation now in as professional a way as possible and make sure the baton is passed here in a classy way.”

He also said that he’s “clearing up a number of things in my personal life as well,” which I can only assume means that he unfriended Jamie on Facebook and blocked her on Twitter. Good for you, Frank.

Seriously, though, it’s kind of nice to hear a little self-awareness from the guy for once. Too little, too late, but at least it’s something.

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.