Miguel Montero has had a bad back for some time. It’s gotten too bad so the Dbacks are placing him on the 15-day disabled list. Wil Nieves will take over backstop duties in Arizona.
Given Montero’s track record I fully expect him to give an interview in two weeks in which he tells us, in no uncertain terms, what he thinks of that freakin’ stupid, chickens**t, immature disabled list.
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.