Alex Presley left Tuesday’s game following an attempted diving catch in the outfield and after going through some tests today the Pirates have placed him on the seven-day concussion disabled list.
Pittsburgh added Jody Mercer to the roster in Presley’s place and he’ll be eligible to come back immediately after the All-Star break, although obviously with a concussion that’s no sure thing.
Presley, who was demoted to the minors in mid-May and recalled two weeks later, has hit .268 with four homers and an .816 OPS in 26 games since returning.
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.