After signing Vladimir Guerrero to a minor-league contract on May 10 the Blue Jays sent the 37-year-old to extended spring training for some workouts and then assigned him to Single-A.
Guerrero predictably destroyed Single-A pitching, going 9-for-20 (.450) with four homers in four games against pitchers 15 years his junior, prompting the Blue Jays to promote him to Triple-A today.
He’ll make his Las Vegas debut Saturday and the hitter-friendly environment gives Guerrero a great opportunity to post some impressive-looking numbers and get back to the majors. Incidentally, this will be the first time Guerrero has ever played at Triple-A, as he jumped from Double-A to the majors as a 21-year-old for the Expos in 1996 and never looked back.
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.