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Welington Castillo finishes PED suspension, goes on disabled list

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Not exactly a triumphant return for White Sox catcher Welington Castillo. He just finished off his 80-game PED suspension only to be placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. He apparently did that while playing in rehab games with Triple-A Charlotte.

The White Sox signed Castillo last December and had planned on him being their starting catcher all year. He hit .267/.309/.466 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 123 plate appearances before his suspension kicked in back in May.

With Castillo out, Omar Narvaez and Kevan Smith will continue to share time behind the plate on the South Side.

 

No, the Astros aren’t being targeted for HBPs in spring training

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On Wednesday, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was hit by Cardinals pitcher Ramon Santos. It marked the seventh time an Astros batter had been hit in spring training exhibition games thus far, the highest total among all teams. As expected, teams are exacting revenge for the Astros’ cheating ways!

Well, not quite. The pitch Santos hit Bregman with was a 3-2 breaking ball that got away. Usually, if a pitcher is going to hit a batter as an act of revenge, he’ll attempt to do it with a first-pitch fastball.

José Altuve was also hit by a pitch against the Tigers on Sunday. The pitch, which looks to be the off-speed variety, appeared to graze his uniform as opposed to hitting him flush, so it was likely unintentional on the part of pitcher Nick Ramirez.

Other Astros to have been hit in spring training thus far: Alex De Goti, Aledmys Díaz, Osvaldo Duarte, Dustin Garneau, and Jake Meyers. Not exactly a who’s-who list of Code Breaker operatives.

Will some pitchers intentionally throw at the Astros this year? Almost certainly, despite commissioner Rob Manfred’s warning. Have they been doing it from the moment exhibition games began earlier this month? Certainly not.