Lots of eyes are on Rays starter David Price tonight. Via Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times:
The Rays are a disappointing 29-45 this season, good for last place in the AL East. They’re 5.5 games out of fourth place and 12 games out of first. As Price is a free agent after the 2015 season following his fourth and final year of arbitration eligibility, the Rays are expected to shop their lefty leading up to the July 31 trade deadline.
Price, 28, has a 3.93 ERA with an eye-popping 121/10 K/BB ratio in 107 2/3 innings this season. He recorded the 1,000th strikeout of his career when he got Chris Carter looking in the second inning.
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.