Nearly two weeks later the Blue Jays announced today that reliever Casey Janssen underwent shoulder surgery “to repair lingering AC joint soreness.”
John Lott of the National Post notes: “This is the second time in the past month that the club revealed that a pitcher with a previously undisclosed injury had undergone surgery. Late in October, the Jays said starter Ricky Romero had undergone elbow surgery two weeks earlier.”
Ultimately not a huge deal in the offseason, but still sort of odd.
Janssen went under the knife on November 16 and the surgery is being described as minor, so he’s expected to be ready for spring training. Janssen stepped into Toronto’s closer role with 31 saves and a 2.54 ERA, although he did struggle somewhat in September.
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.