Buster Olney spoke with Mariano Rivera yesterday. In the non-paywalled portion of his column, Olney explains Rivera’s reasoning for retiring now, even if he’s still at the top of his game.
What interests me the most is this comment, though, making it abundantly clear that he is not pitching after 2013:
“I don’t care if I get 100 saves,” he said. “I don’t care if they offer me $50 million. That’s it.”
How much you wanna bet, though, that a New York columnist still tries to squeeze out a “could Mariano come back?” thing before the season is out?
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.