The Braves are adding a red jersey, eliminating a red jersey

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David O’Brien of the AJC reports that the Braves, on five occasions next season, will wear a special red jersey that honors the military. The script Braves across the chest will be blue with stars:

The jerseys will be worn on days that honor military families and will be accompanied by charitable efforts supporting veterans group.

A bonus:

 

I’ve hated the Braves in red jerseys since they were introduced. So now that they (a) will only be worn for good causes; and (b) will be worn less, well, that’s totally win-win. Plus we get way more of those sweet home alternates they wear, and that’s just grand.

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.