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White Sox Catcher Welington Castillo Suspended 80 Games For PEDs

May 23, 2018 - 9:52 pm

CHICAGO (670 The Score) – White Sox catcher Welington Castillo has been suspended for 80 games for using a performance-enhancing drug in violation of the joint drug agreement.

Castillo tested positive for Erythropoietin, better known as EPO. His suspension starts immediately.

Castillo, 31, is the White Sox's primary catcher. He's hitting .270 with six homers, 15 RBIs and a .791 OPS in 32 games this season.

Castillo was in the White Sox's lineup as they hosted the Orioles on Wednesday night. 

The Chicago White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn released a statement on Thursday reading, “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.”