White Sox Catcher Welington Castillo Suspended 80 Games for Positive PED Test

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist

Chicago White Sox's Welington Castillo hits two-run single against the Texas Rangers during the eighth inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 17, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press

Major League Baseball has suspended Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo for 80 games after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported the failed test on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Castillo issued a statement, revealing he tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO) and that he took "full responsibility" for the positive test, via Yahoo Sports MLB:

Castillo had been the team's primary catcher this season, hitting .270 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 32 games.

The 31-year-old has been especially hot as of late, hitting .319 in 13 games in May. He also came through with a season-high three hits in Tuesday's win over the Baltimore Orioles.

Castillo was in the lineup Wednesday, but it appears to be his last game for a few months.

The Dominican Republic native is in his first season with the White Sox after signing a two-year deal in the offseason worth over $15 million. He was coming off the best year of his career, setting career highs with the Orioles in home runs (20), batting average (.282) and OPS (.813) in a full season.

Unfortunately, the latest news is another disappointing development for a team that holds a 15-31 record, third-worst in the majors.

Omar Narvaez figures to get the majority of playing time behind the plate with Castillo unavailable, although he has struggled offensively this season with a .180 batting average in 61 at-bats.

Related

    Sights and Sounds from Last Night’s Sox Win!

    Chicago White Sox logo
    Chicago White Sox

    Sights and Sounds from Last Night’s Sox Win!

    Inside the White Sox
    via Inside the White Sox

    Cubs vs. White Sox odds, line: 2019 Crosstown Classic predictions, picks for June 19 from model on 40-22 roll

    Chicago White Sox logo
    Chicago White Sox

    Cubs vs. White Sox odds, line: 2019 Crosstown Classic predictions, picks for June 19 from model on 40-22 roll

    CBSSports.com
    via CBSSports.com

    Has Cubs-White Sox Rivalry Lost Its Luster?

    Chicago White Sox logo
    Chicago White Sox

    Has Cubs-White Sox Rivalry Lost Its Luster?

    Chicago Sun-Times
    via Chicago Sun-Times

    Giolito Finally the Ace He Was Supposed to Be

    MLB logo
    MLB

    Giolito Finally the Ace He Was Supposed to Be

    The Ringer
    via The Ringer