Daniel Bard, now with the Cubs, might pitch winter ball

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After another miserable season that saw him get dropped by the Red Sox and claimed off waivers by the Cubs right-hander Daniel Bard told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune that he’s considering pitching winter ball:

There’s a good chance of it happening. We at least need the innings, just to have something going into spring training next year.

Bard has logged just 17 total innings this season, including zero in the Cubs organization, and hasn’t seen game action since walking four Single-A hitters in one inning back on August 31.

For the Cubs he represented a low-cost flier, so claiming Bard off waivers in the hopes they can still turn him around is a worthwhile move, but he’s nearing the full-on reclamation project stage after back-to-back years filled with extreme control problems and injuries.

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.