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)
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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:

Yahoo Sports MLB @MLByahoosports

Welington Castillo on his suspension: “The positive test resulted from an extremely poor decision that I, and I alone, made. I take full responsibility for my conduct.” https://t.co/y1qrpGq550

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.


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