Clevenger to the DL … Cubs to Recall Welington Castillo

According to multiple reports late Friday night, the Cubs are expected to recall catcher Welington Castillo from Triple-A Iowa and place Steve Clevenger on the 15-day DL prior to Saturday night’s game.

According to a report from the Tribune, Steve Clevenger felt “some tightness in his side” during Friday’s batting practice at Citizens Bank. Clevenger’s injury is not thought to be serious but the Cubs do not want to take a chance.

Welington Castillo has hit the ball rather well in 16 games so far this season for the I-Cubs. Castillo’s line: .320/.435/.520/.955 with four doubles, two home runs and eight walks. Castillo has also shown improvement defensively.

The I-Cubs were rained out Friday and are in the middle of a series with the Nashville Sounds (Milwaukee Brewers) at Principal Park (Des Moines).

Steve Clevenger has hit .500/.522/.727/.1.249 in limited time (10 games) with five double, a walk and two RBI. Clevenger has also played first. The injury to Clevenger comes at a bad time for the Cubs. Clevenger was doing well as the back-up to Geovany Soto (.135/.224/.250/.474 with a double, a triple and a home run) and Welington Castillo needs to play every day possible … not sit on a bench with the big league club and just observe.

The roster move has not been announced but is expected to be made official prior to first pitch of Saturday night’s game (6:05 CDT).

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