Guys, you’re not gonna believe this, but Josh Johnson is hurt:
Nothing new for Johnson, of course. When he’s healthy he can be dominant, but since becoming a regular in 2006, Johnson has had Tommy John surgery and shoulder problems and other random ailments which have led to a lot of lost seasons. If this is another one — his last under contract — he’s going to be hard pressed to even find a job next year.
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.