Sixteen games were played yesterday with nary a rainout. We’re back to 2018 normal today, however, as today’s game between the Cubs and Cardinals has been postponed due to inclement weather.
It’s supposed to be rainy and sleety with temperatures in the 30s and, my god, are we all sick of that. The game has been rescheduled for tomorrow, when Jon Lester will face off against Luke Weaver of the Cardinals.
Hang in there. Spring will eventually come. At least I think it will.
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.