Not only was Evan Meek designated for assignment last week by the Pirates just two years after being an All-Star, the 29-year-old reliever passed through waivers unclaimed.
And it wasn’t because he has some kind of huge contract, because a) he’s only making $875,000 this year, and b) any team claiming him would only be on the hook for a few weeks of salary anyway. Instead he’ll remain with the Pirates at Triple-A, but is no longer on the 40-man roster.
Meek spent most of this season at Triple-A, posting a nice-looking 2.74 ERA in 46 innings despite a not-so-nice 41/26 K/BB ratio. He has a 3.34 ERA in 173 career innings as a big leaguer, but has logged a total of just 33 innings for the Pirates since being named to the 2010 All-Star team.
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.