Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg has interim tag removed

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From CSNPhilly.com beat reporter Jim Salisbury:

Multiple baseball sources have told CSNPhilly.com Phillies Insider Jim Salisbury that the Phillies will remove the “interim” label from Ryne Sandberg’s job title on Sunday and name the Hall of Fame second baseman the club’s full-time manager.

Since replacing Charlie Manuel on Aug. 16, Sandberg has managed the Phillies to an 18-16 record.

This move was expected the moment Sandberg was named as Manuel’s replacement. It was only a matter of when the Phillies would officially make the announcement.

Sandberg was formally reintroduced at a press conference Sunday morning at Citizens Bank Park.

“Ryno is positive,” Phillies second baseman Chase Utley said of his new manager last Wednesday. “He’s always talking during the game. He’s definitely into the game, and guys respect him for that. He’s given a lot of guys an opportunity to play, which is nice. So far he’s done a great job.”

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UPDATE, 11:34 a.m. ET: Salisbury says that Sandberg got a three-year deal with an option for 2017.

Report: Welington Castillo to be suspended 80 games for violating Joint Drug Agreement

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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.