Ryan Braun, y’all


Presented without comment …

Ryan Braun’s numbers, by season:

        2011     2012
AVG     .332     .311
OBP     .397     .388
SLG     .597     .596
OPS     .994     .983
HR        33       40
RBI      113      105

(Normally this is where I’d say something like “Talent 1, Narratives 0” but I already promised to present this whole thing without comment.)

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.