This happened Friday evening, so I suppose it’s fair to say that the fan who was hit by this foul ball at the Reds-Padres game couldn’t be bothered to read that thing we posted about lousy wireless service at ballgames. If he had, he would have kept his phone in his pocket and wouldn’t have a bruise on his shoulder:
Smart phones? More like dumb phones, amirite? Anyone? Is this thing on?
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.