This is the city. New York, New York. I work here. I’m the Commissioner of Baseball:
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Minor League pitcher Luis Pena has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for metabolites of Boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension of Pena, who is currently on the Club’s Dominican Summer League roster, will be effective at the start of the DSL season.
Boldenone sounds like a made up drug. It’s like snipe hunting of performance enhancing drugs.
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.