George A. King III of the New York Post reports that Mark Teixeira (wrist) isn’t likely to play in Grapefruit League games until March 3, at the earliest.
His wrist is still tight, though there is no pain and he hasn’t had any setbacks. He said earlier this month that it could be June before he loses that tightness. I think one of the bigger questions for the Yankees is what they’ll get, if anything, from Teixeira this year. If he’s not productive they’re going to be relying pretty heavily on a small number of guys.
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.