Disturbing the peace charges were dropped against Rockies left-hander Drew Pomeranz, his agency Beverly Hills Sports Council announced earlier today.
Pomeranz, who was acquired from the Indians last July as the centerpiece of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade, was arrested in Oxford, Mississippi in mid-October following an incident after coming out of a bar with friends.
The 23-year-old southpaw wrote the following on his Twitter account earlier this afternoon:
Pomeranz, the fifth overall pick of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, had an excellent 1.78 ERA over 20 starts in the minor leagues last season before posting a 5.40 ERA and 13/5 K/BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings with the Rockies as a September call-up. He’s expected to open the 2012 season in the starting rotation.
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.