Joel Zumaya hasn’t appeared in a big-league game since his elbow exploded mid-pitch on June 28, 2010, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the oft-injured right-hander “is scheduled to throw a mound session for interested teams” two weeks from now in Houston.
Plenty of promising young pitchers have had their careers derailed by arm injuries, but what makes Zumaya unique is that he’s come back from every surgery throwing 100 miles per hour. So far, at least.
Beck speculates that the Tigers might be interested in re-signing him to a minor-league contract, but Zumaya indicated that a fresh start elsewhere would probably be his first choice. Zumaya says the Red Sox have already expressed interest and his workout is expected to draw at least 10 teams.
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.