Gerrit Cole was scratched from a scheduled rehab outing last Friday night at Triple-A Indianapolis, with Pirates general manager Neal Huntington claiming that the right-hander needed to “refine some things.”
The extra work on the side didn’t do much good.
As noted by Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Cole got shelled for five earned runs on 10 hits and a walk in his return to action Tuesday night at Indy. He was pulled after just 4 1/3 innings.
Cole obviously isn’t going to return to the Pirates’ rotation this weekend, as had been the hope.
He has been on the disabled list since July 5 because of a strained right lat muscle.
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.