Late in the season Jason Isringhausen said that he was leaning toward retirement. Jon Heyman reports, however, that he has decided to come back for another year and that three teams are interested in him at the moment.
He could be useful, I suppose. Despite 16 years and 1008 innings on the odometer, Isringhausen was at least moderately useful last season, throwing 46 innings with a 4.13 ERA. He walked a lot of guys, though, so one figures that any deal he gets won’t be a big one and won’t be for a late innings job.
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.