Bobby Abreu was released by the Angels in late April and then designated for assignment and demoted to Triple-A by the Dodgers on August 1, but the veteran outfielder is back in the majors.
As part of rosters expanding on September 1 the Dodgers have recalled Abreu from Triple-A, where the 38-year-old went 6-for-17 (.353) in his first minor league action since 1997.
He’ll be used as a bat off the bench, which is likely the best fit for Abreu’s diminished but still useful skill set at this point. In a total of 237 plate appearances between the Angels and Dodgers he got on base at a .346 clip and drew 32 walks to provide value despite a low batting average and little power.
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.