Stephen Strasburg exits start with heat-induced dehydration

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It was a scorching Saturday afternoon in most parts of the United States. And it was especially hot in Atlanta, where the first-place Nationals and ace Stephen Strasburg fell 7-5 to the Braves.

Strasburg made it through just three innings, exiting before the bottom of the fourth due to dehydration brought on by record 106-degree temperatures and poor all-around air quality in northwest Georgia.

The 23-year-old right-hander wound up allowing three earned runs on four walks and two hits. He spoke to CSNWashington.com’s Mark Zuckerman after the loss was wrapped up:

Strasburg still has a sparkling 2.81 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 122/27 K/BB ratio in 93 innings this season.

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.