The Yankees and Derek Jeter are holding a press conference this afternoon. They have not said what the press conference is specifically about, but I’m struggling how it can be good news for the injured Jeter.
Hopefully it’s just Jeter wanting to make himself available to the media after so much time away. To talk about his rehab or whatever in a way that a less-publicized player usually wouldn’t. But yikes.
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.