Brett Anderson to start Tuesday for first time in 14 months

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Brett Anderson has been out since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in July of last year, but Kate Longworth of CSNBayArea.com reports that the A’s left-hander is scheduled to start Tuesday for the first time in 14 months.

Anderson has an 18/3 K/BB ratio in 25 innings while rehabbing in the minors and threw a bullpen session Saturday in front of the A’s brass, who apparently deemed him ready to face big-league hitters for the first time since June 5, 2011.

Before the injury Anderson was emerging as one of the best young left-handers in baseball and even after 14 months on the sidelines he’s still just 24 years old.

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.