White Sox rookie Jose Abreu is back from the disabled list after missing two-plus weeks with an ankle injury.
Abreu was off to a historic start to his career before the injury, smacking 15 homers and driving in 42 runs through 44 games. Even after missing more than two weeks of action in a season that’s only one-third completed he still ranks third among AL hitters in homers and sixth in RBIs.
Abreu, who signed a six-year, $68 million deal with the White Sox this offseason after defecting from Cuba at age 26, is returning to the lineup without first going on a minor-league rehab assignment.
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.