The Daily CCO: Castillo Out for at Least Two Weeks, Cubs Sticking with 13-Man Pitching Staff

Welington Castillo landed on the disabled list again on Tuesday. And the injury that was downplayed as a sore back following Sunday’s game, in which he was lifted in the fourth inning, was brushed off again on Tuesday. Castillo was placed on the 15-day DL with left rib cage inflammation, not an oblique injury which is the good news. Castillo said he felt “something pop in there” after his first at bat on Sunday. Castillo had an MRI that revealed the strain in the rib cage. He’s hoping to not be out any longer than two weeks.

Rick Renteria does not think Castillo’s injury will “be a long-term situation.”

Welington Castillo has been inconsistent at best this season, both offensively and defensively. Castillo is one of the players the Cubs needed to see take a step forward this year. Castillo has had issues with staying on the field throughout his professional career. The team and Castillo really need for this injury to be only two weeks on the shelf so the many questions about him can start being answered, one way or the other.

While Castillo is on the DL, Renteria plans to mix and match with John Baker and Eli Whiteside. Baker figures to catch a majority of the games with Whiteside facing lefties, unless Jason Hammel is that day’s starter.

Jose Veras and the Bullpen

The Cubs designated RHP Jose Veras for assignment on Tuesday and was not able to sign a veteran reliever in the off-season and turn him into long-term pieces for the team moving forward. Veras received $4 million in guaranteed money.

To put it simply, the front office gambled and lost.

Jed Hoyer was asked if the Cubs are done signing closers. Hoyer said, “The answer is you hope you don’t have to, because you can develop from within. The difficulty with bringing a reliever in from the outside is it’s short leash that guy’s on whereas the guy you know already might be able to do it at the end of the year and you sort of get him acclimated to that role. So I would never say never, but certainly I can hope we develop our own relievers develop our own closers.”

Hoyer said he hopes Jose Veras can get his career back on track.

After the news surfaced about the Cubs designating Veras for assignment, Rick Renteria said the team will stay with 13 pitchers for now. The team is monitoring pitch counts for the young relievers they do not want to exceed.

Minor News and Notes

Kris Bryant went 1-for-2 with a home run and two walks on Tuesday night. Bryant hit his 19th home run of the season and improved to .353/.460/.700 for the season with a 1.160 OPS. Over last 10 games, .424/.578/1.030/1.608 with two doubles, six home runs, 12 walks and 10 strikeouts.


INF Wes Darvill was sent from Double-A Tennessee to High-A Daytona

Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey

The Cubs are believed to be interested in RHP Dylan Bundy in a possible deal with the Orioles for Jeff Samardzija. Bundy threw four perfect innings Tuesday in an extended Spring Training game against the Twins. Bundy stayed in for two additional batters after his scheduled four innings to build up his pitch count and gave up a hit in the fifth. Bundy struck out six batters and threw 56 pitches. Bundy’s fastball sat at 91-93 mph and touched 94 mph according to a report from Roch Kubatko.

Bundy is scheduled to pitch on Monday in an Intrasquad game in Sarasota. Bundy is expected to pitch five innings.

The other prospect in Baltimore’s system that has been connected to the Cubs is Hunter Harvey. And the Orioles named him its Minor League Pitcher of the Month for May on Tuesday.

This Day In Cubstory

2004 – Cubs hit the million mark in attendance, the quickest in franchise history. Mark Prior made his first start of the season, pitched six scoreless innings in a 2-1 loss to the Pirates.

2002 – Cubs selected Billy Petrick in the third round of the draft

2002 – A’s selected John Baker in the fourth round of the draft

2002 – Cubs selected Rich Hill in the fourth round of the draft

2002 – Cubs selected Adam Greenberg in the fourth round of the draft

2002 – Cubs selected Micah Hoffpauir in the 13th round of the draft

2002 – Cubs selected Rock Cherry in the 14th round of the draft

2002 – Cubs selected Randy Wells in the 38th round of the draft

1996 – Cubs selected Chad Meyers in the fifth round of the draft

1996 – Cubs selected Kyle Lohse in the 29th round of the draft

1990 – Cubs selected Lance Nixon in the first round (23rd overall pick) of the draft

1990 – Cubs selected Pedro Valdes in the 12th round of the draft

1984 – Cubs selected Drew Hall in the first round (third overall pick) of the draft

1984 – Cubs selected Greg Maddux in the second round of the draft

1984 – Cubs selected Dwight Smith in the third round of the draft

1984 – Cubs selected Dave Liddell in the fourth round of the draft

1984 – Cubs selected Jamie Moyer in the sixth round of the draft

1984 – Cubs selected Jeff Pico in the 13th round of the draft

1981 – Cubs purchased Bobby Bonds from the Texas Rangers. In his first game with the Cubs, Bonds tripped on a seam in the field at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, broke a bone in his right hand and was placed on the 21-day DL

1976 – Chang-Yong Lim, born

1970 – Cubs selected Tom Lundstedt in the first round (17th overall pick) of the draft

1970 – Cubs selected Gene Hiser in the first round (19th overall pick) of the draft

1970 – Cubs selected Rick Reuschel in the third round of the draft

1967 – Scott Servais, born

1967 – Rick Wilkins, born

1966 – Ron Santo homered twice in a 6-4 victory over the Reds

1953 – After batting practice at Forbes Field, the Cubs and Pirates announced a big trade. Cubs traded pitcher Bob Schultz, catcher Toby Atwell, first baseman Preston Ward, third baseman George Freese, outfielders Bob Addis and Gene Hermanski plus an estimated $150,000 to Pittsburgh for pitcher Howie Pollet, catcher Joe Garagiola and outfielders Catfish Metkovich and Ralph Kiner. Cubs lost 6-1 to Pittsburgh, Kiner went 1-for-4 with a double.

1950 – Ernie Banks made his professional debut with the Kansas City Monarchs. Banks went 3-for-7 in a doubleheader against the Memphis Red Sox.

1929 – Rogers Hornsby, Hack Wilson and Charlie Grimm hit home runs in the fifth inning of a 10-9 victory over the Giants at Wrigley Field

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  • jtrain23

    I think if you reflect on a draft that gives you two guys that net over 620 wins in their collective careers, you take that as a major win. Unfortunately, the vast majority of those wins came for other organizations.

    • John_CC

      What about Jeff Pico? Ha!

      I hadn’t read this before I posted about Dallas Greene or I would have just responded here. Part of that “what if” is that Greene would not have screwed up the Maddux deal so royally and Greg may well have won 4 Cy’s with the Cubs.

      • jtrain23

        Pico had a somewhat promising start to his career. It is interesting to see that Maddux fell to the Cubs in the 2nd round, but they had the 3rd overall pick that year. Hopefully the last few high 1st rounders the Cubs have chosen work out better than…..Drew Hall.

      • Brp921

        Wasn’t Larry Himes the GM that let Maddux go. As I recall he tried to low ball him and in the end offered him a little more than Atlanta gave him, but it was to late he was happy with the Atlanta deal.

  • Theboardrider

    I really would love to get Bundy. He proects as a true ace and is young.

    • Denver Mike

      I’d give this 100 up arrows if I could

  • Ray Koenig

    10 or 11 pitchers is all any team needs on their 25 man roster.

    • Tony_H

      Yes in the 70’s and 80’s. Not today.

      • Ray Koenig

        Today, as well.

        • Tony_H

          30 teams are proving you wrong. All have 12 or 13 pitchers.

          • Ray Koenig

            Just because everyone is doing it doesn’t mean it’s right.

          • Tony_H

            What could possibly be wrong with it?

            Why would you want 14 or 15 position players on a roster?

          • Ray Koenig

            Teams need extra position players more than they need 12 or 13 pitchers.

          • Tony_H

            Once again all 30 teams prove you wrong and that does make it the right way when the 30 guys who are the professionals in an industry agree.

            It is fine if you have this opinion, but give a reason why?

          • Ray Koenig

            Teams can skip their “5th” starter on occasion and use him out of the bullpen, plus teams are always juggling their ‘pens any way via demotions and promotions and injuries (real or fake) and doubleheaders, etc. No team needs more than 11 pitchers on it’s 25 man roster.

          • Tony_H

            I have been saying teams need an extra arm in the bullpen, so I am on the other end of the spectrum.

            Having 6 or 7 position players sitting on the bench makes no sense to me, as it is hard enough when a team has 5 to get them playing time and AB’s to stay ready.

            Of course you can do what you say, but that will be really tough on the bullpen arms, only have 5 or 6 guys to pitch, just one short outing by a SP would blow the whole idea up. Teams have to make roster moves to bring up fresh arms now when teams have 7 bullpen arms. Skipping the 5th starter is an option that teams already use, but that can put a strain on the bullpen as starters need an extra day every so often throughout the year.

            I think if it was actually a viable option, at least one team would do it.

          • Denver Mike

            I actually agree with Tony, but don’t think that means Ray is wrong. I would much rather have fewer bench players and more pitchers for the same reasons as Tony, but at the same time Ray is right in the aspect of teams could likely get by with 11 pitchers just fine. On the other hand, I don’t see any need for more position players getting paid to ride the pine.

  • John_CC

    Dallas Greene did well in that ’84 draft didn’t he. In the huge pile “what if’s” that Cubs fans dig through, I put – IF Dallas Greene had not been run out the franchise of my lifetime could have been a lot different – near the top of my pile.

    • paulcatanese

      And believe he would have brought a World Series to Chicago.

      • Ripsnorter1

        He would have won a WS–or at least, taken us to one.