Andy Pettitte almost ready to face live hitters

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Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York has the update:

Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte threw a 35-pitch bullpen session off the mound on Sunday, and says he feels like he’s “over the hump.”

Pettitte, on the disabled list since June 27 with a fractured left ankle, came out of the session “feeling good” and said his command was good as well.

The veteran southpaw told reporters after Sunday’s workout that he wants to throw live batting practice “as quick as possible,” and manager Joe Girardi later suggested that it could happen within the next three days if there are no issues with lingering soreness.

Petttitte is still on track to return to the Yankees’ starting rotation by the middle of September. He had a 3.22 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 59/15 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings before fracturing his left ankle near the end of June.

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.