Andre Ethier will avoid the disabled list for now

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Here’s some good news for the struggling Dodgers’ offense.

After Andre Ethier left Wednesday’s game with an oblique strain, the assumption was that he would be placed on the disabled list. However, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Brian Kamenetzky of ESPN Los Angeles yesterday that Ethier is officially listed as day-to-day and will avoid a stint on the DL. For now, anyway.

“Andre had pretty good news. Really good news,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “(Wednesday) I kind of assumed that we were going to be in a DL situation, but really the docs looked at him and didn’t see any swelling. Couldn’t be any better, as far as the news for Andre is concerned.”

Things could obviously change if Ethier fails to make progress in the over the next couple of days, but it sounds like his strain is relatively minor.

Ethier’s hot start put him in position to land his recent five-year, $85 million contract extension, but he’s hitting just .218 (19-for-87) with one home run and a .628 OPS in 25 games this month.

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.