Bad news for people who like fun things. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons was scratched from tonight’s lineup against the Mets due to a jammed right wrist.
Simmons apparently jammed the wrist when he stumbled across home plate last night. He took batting practice this afternoon in hopes of playing tonight, so it doesn’t sound like a major concern. Still, the Braves understandably don’t want to take any chances with the defensive wizard.
Ramiro Pena will make the start at shortstop tonight and bat eighth against Jenrry Mejia.
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.