Alejandro De Aza out this weekend with back injury

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White Sox center fielder Alejandro De Aza made a premature exit Friday night after injuring his back on a slide into second base and is not action Saturday.

Sunday isn’t looking very promising either.

According to beat writer Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times, De Aza was walking “gingerly” before Saturday’s game against the Royals and did not participate in any part of the pregame workout due to lingering soreness near his left oblique.

“It was something that was cramping up on him,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of the injury. “I think it’s more of being on the turf in Toronto. DeWayne [Wise] has filled in great, so we’ll give him a couple days.”

De Aza is batting .281/.346/.398 in 111 games this season while serving as Chicago’s primary leadoff man.

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.