White Sox catcher Welington Castillo suspended 80 games for PED use

CHICAGO – In the second year of their rebuild, the White Sox have lost one of their veterans for a majority of the 2018 season.

On Thursday, the White Sox confirmed that Welington Castillo has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for use of a PED that is in violation of the league’s policy.

The Major League Baseball Players Association is releasing the below statement on behalf of Welington Castillo.

Welington Castillo Statement

I was recently notified by Major League Baseball that I had tested positive for EPO, a substance that is prohibited under MLB’s Joint Drug Agreement. The positive test resulted from an extremely poor decision that I, and I alone, made. I take full responsibility for my conduct. I have let many people down, including my family, my teammates, the White Sox organization and its fans, and from my heart, I apologize. Following my suspension, I look forward to rejoining my teammates and doing whatever I can to help the White Sox win.

 

Castillo was in the lineup for the White Sox game against the Orioles Wednesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.

A native of San Isidro, Domincan Republic, the catcher has been in majors for nine seasons with five different teams. Castillo joined the White Sox this offseason after spending the 2017 season with the Orioles, hitting .272 with six homers and 15 RBI. More importantly, he’s one of the few veterans on a very young rebuilding team, providing an experience voice to a number of young players just getting used to the major leagues.

Castillo began his career with a five-and-a-half year stint with the Cubs, playing in 310 games with a .252 batting average along with 29 homers and 110 RBI. He was traded to Seattle on May 19, 2015 and then was traded on June 3rd of the same year to the Diamondbacks, where he spent the rest of that season along with the 2016 campaign.