CHICAGO — Following the White Sox 11-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday night, a flurry of roster activity occurred.
The biggest headline was catcher Wellington Castillo’s 80 game PED suspension. The suspension caught the organization off guard, and with Kevan Smith and Seby Zavala injured, Castillo’s immediate replacement comes in the form of Alfredo Gonzalez. Gonzalez is hitting .169 in Triple-A Charlotte this year, and has thrown out 33 percent of runners. Gonzalez has no prior major league experience.
Here’s what White Sox GM Rick Hahn had to say about Castillo’s suspension in an official statement this morning, “The Chicago White Sox were saddened and disappointed to learn of the suspension of catcher Welington Castillo for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Welington has apologized to the team and his teammates and has taken full responsibility for his actions. He understands that he has negatively affected the team and has fallen short of the expectations we have of our players. The White Sox fully support Major League Baseball’s policy and its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing substances from our game.”
Because the White Sox faith in Gonzalez is likely little, they claimed catcher Dustin Garneau off waivers from Oakland Thursday morning. Garneau is hitting .208 with two home runs in Triple-A Nashville this season. Garneau has spent time in the major leagues with Colorado and Oakland. He hit .188 with two home runs over 41 games with the two clubs last season.
Right around the time the Castillo suspension rumors began spreading, Leury Garcia jammed his knee sliding into third. After further examination, it was revealed Garcia had sprained his left-knee. Garcia had been hitting .262 on the year, and his absence further strains what was already a shallow outfield. Garcia’s was placed on the 10-day disabled list this afternoon.
Replacing Garcia will be Charlie Tilson. Following what has been a nearly two-year injury odyssey, Tilson will finally get his chance again. Tilson was hitting .248 in Charlotte this year, to go along with eight doubles and seven stolen bases. Tilson figures to see regular playing time, as the outfield is already very thin. Tilson was acquired by the White Sox in 2016, and has since experienced numerous injuries and setbacks since being injured in his White Sox debut. It will be interesting to see if the 25-year-old outfielder has anything left.
In other injury news, the team announced they were transferring starter Miguel Gonzalez to the 60-day disabled list. Gonzalez has been on the disabled list with rotator cuff inflammation since April 23. Before the injury, Gonzalez was 0-3 with a 12.41 ERA.
Despite the flurry of roster activity, the 40-man roster remains at 40.
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