Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole was dominant in a rehab start Sunday at Triple-A Indianapolis, allowing just one hit over six scoreless innings. But he only made it to 73 pitches in that outing so the Bucs will have him make one more appearance in the minor leagues, manager Clint Hurdle told Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Tuesday evening.
Cole has been on the disabled list since July 5 with a right lat injury and was scratched from a rehab start earlier this month for precautionary reasons. But he seems to be back on track now, which is great news for the second-place Pirates.
Cole, 23, owns a 3.46 ERA and 1.227 WHIP through his first 203 innings at the major league level.
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.