James Schmehl of MLive.com reports that the Tigers have activated Anibal Sanchez from the 15-day disabled list. The team has not made a corresponding roster move, but are expected to prior to Sanchez’s start against the Red Sox tonight. Schmehl suggests it will likely be Robbie Ray. (Update: It’s not Ray.)
Sanchez had been sidelined since exiting his start on April 26 against the Twins with a blister on the middle finger of his right hand. In five starts, Sanchez has a 3.13 ERA with a 24/11 K/BB ratio in 23 innings.
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.