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Orioles place Welington Castillo on 10-day DL

A Tuesday MRI revealed shoulder tendinitis for the Orioles’ catcher.

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Welington Castillo was scratched from the Orioles’ lineup earlier this week on Monday with neck spasms. Sent for an MRI on Tuesday, the scan didn’t reveal any serious damage, and Castillo has been diagnosed with tendinitis in his shoulder/neck area.

Baltimore sent its starting catcher to the 10-day disabled list Tuesday. Castillo has been one of the Orioles’ better bats one month into the season. He leads the team with a .314 average and six doubles and is the only player on the team batting over .291.

In Castillo’s absence, Caleb Joseph got the starts behind the dish Monday and Tuesday night in Boston. It’s a massive downgrade for the offense, but Castillo shouldn’t miss more than a couple weeks. Francisco Pena was promoted to be Joseph’s backup.