Castillo was suspended for 80 games Thursday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports. This suspension came as expected after Castillo tested positive for a PED, although it wasn't officially handed down until Thursday. Castillo won't be eligible to return until mid-August.
Castillo will be suspended 80 games for violating Major League Baseball's joint drug agreement, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Castillo apparently tested positive for a PED. The suspension is expected to be officially announced Thursday, and this is a tough blow for Castillo and fantasy owners alike. The backstop had been heating up at the dish prior to this news, hitting .319/.333/.553 with three homers across 13 games in May. Castillo will be eligible to return around mid-August. Until then, Omar Narvaez figures to take over as the White Sox's primary backstop.
Castillo went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a double in Tuesday's win over the Orioles. Castillo has recorded a hit in seven of his last eight games, bringing his slash line to .270/.314/.477. He has six home runs and 15 RBI to go along with five doubles and 12 runs scored. On May 1, Castillo was hitting .221, so he's done well over the month to raise up his numbers.
Castillo went 2-for-3 with a solo home run Sunday against the Rangers. Castillo got the White Sox on the board in the second inning, blasting his sixth home run of the season. It was first since his multi-home run effort on May 8, but he had remained relatively productive in the meantime, going 9-for-28 in that span. He is now hitting .260/.306/.471 in 104 at-bats this season.
Castillo is not in the lineup Saturday against the Rangers. Castillo is hitting well enough through 29 games for the White Sox, posting a .248/.296/.436 slash line with five homers. He hasn't been able to match the .282/.323/.490 line he posted last season, but his numbers are more or less in line with his career stats and are completely adequate for a catcher. Omar Narvaez will get the start in his place Saturday.