05/24 12:12 CDT Welington Castillo of White Sox banned 80 games for EPO test
Welington Castillo of White Sox banned 80 games for EPO test
NEW YORK (AP) --- Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo was suspended
for 80 games by Major League Baseball on Thursday following a positive test for
a performance-enhancing substance.
The commissioner's office cited use of EPO. Erythropoietin is a hormone that
stimulates the red-blood cell production and often turns up in test results for
Castillo apologized in a statement through the players' union, saying he has
"let many people down." He pointed to an "extremely poor decision that I, and I
alone, made. I take full responsibility for my conduct."
General manager Rick Hahn said the team was "saddened and disappointed."
Castillo, he said in a statement, "understands that he has negatively affected
the team and has fallen short of the expectations we have of our players."
Castillo accepted the penalty without contesting it before arbitrator Mark
Irvings. The discipline stemmed from an in-season test, and he became the
eighth player suspended this year under the major league drug-testing program.
Castillo is in his ninth major league season. The 31-year-old Dominican is
batting .267 with six homers and 15 RBIs this year on a team that is 15-31.
Barring rainouts, he would be eligible to return Aug. 24 at Detroit. He would
lose $3,547,043 of his $7.25 million salary, which covers the period of 80
games plus the 11 off-days during that span.
He is due $7.25 million next season, and the White Sox have an $8 million
option for 2020 with a $500,000 buyout.
Castillo has a .259 career average with 86 homers and 298 RBIs. He also has
played for the Chicago Cubs (2010-15), Seattle (2015), Arizona (2015-16) and
Others suspended this year under the drug program are: Seattle All-Star second
baseman Robinson Cano, Houston pitcher Dean Deetz, Washington catcher Raudy
Read, Pittsburgh pitcher Nik Turley, Kansas City outfielder Jorge Bonifacio,
Toronto pitcher Thomas Pannone and Minnesota shortstop Jorge Polanco.
There have been 38 players suspended this year under the minor league drug
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