From the Wire: Cubs Activate Welington Castillo from DL, Eli Whiteside Designated for Assignment

According to multiple reports, the Cubs activated Welington Castillo from the disabled list Sunday morning. To make room for Castillo on the 25-man roster, Eli Whiteside was designated for assignment.

Welington Castillo has been on the 15-day DL since June 3 with a left rib cage strain.

The Cubs cleared a spot on the 40-man roster with the two roster moves that were made Sunday morning. The Cubs 40-man roster currently stands at 39 players.

Welington Castillo played in two games for the Iowa Cubs on a rehab assignment. After rain kept Castillo from beginning his rehab Thursday, Castillo caught all nine innings of both Friday and Saturday’s games. Castillo went 3-for-8 with two walks and no strikeouts in the two games.

Kyle Hendricks started Friday’s game and was able to work with Welington Castillo. Hendricks put together one of his best outings of the year and said after the game that was the best he felt all season.

Welington Castillo was hitting .242/.287/.385 in 43 games before he landed on the disabled list with eight doubles, five home runs and a .672 OPS.

Eli Whiteside could stay in the Cubs system. Once he clears waivers, he could choose to accept the assignment to Iowa. Whiteside drove in the Cubs’ third run on Saturday night with a double that plated Darwin Barney. Whiteside hit .120/.115/.160 in eight games with the Cubs this season. Whiteside recorded a double, knocked in two runs and stole a base.

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  • BosephHeyden

    Was clearing the roster spot for anyone in particular (read: NOT Kris Bryant) or was it so they can do what they usually do and claim a DFA’d reliever from someone else (probably the Red Sox)?

    • Tony_H

      Whiteside is nothing more than a filler. They are clearing him from the 40 man because his job is done. They don’t have to have a full 40 man roster.

      Can you even name the last pitcher they added to the 40 man roster that was DFA’d by another team?

      • Theboardrider

        No kidding

        • Tony_H

          If I have it right, the last one was 2.

          Brett Marshall & Liam Hendricks

          Of course we had only 2 more if you go back to Opening Day of 2013.

          9/4/2013 – Daniel Bard
          5/21/2013 – Eduardo Sanchez

          Of course Liam Hendricks would have been one that we wished slipped through waivers, when they tried to pass him through. He has had a good year. But not even the Orioles kept him as they waived him in February and the Blue Jays picked him up. Now he is one of the names that gets floated around when you hear trade rumors with the Blue Jays.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Shawn Camp? Jeremy Germano? et al…..

        • Tony_H

          Shawn Camp was a free agent signing.

    • Neil

      Whiteside is out of minor league options, he could not be removed from the active roster without being designated for assignment. Nothing to read into clearing the spot, more procedural than anything

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  • SuzyS

    Wellington has not been able to go through a season without a trip to the DL.
    For that reason…and that reason alone…the Cubs must develop better options if they are going to really compete.

    • Patrick_Schaefer

      Catching is very demanding on the body. My knees bother me a lot sometimes I’m only 34 and I didn’t play near the amount of innings or years these guys have and despite having a mask on you still see stars for a second sometimes when get a foul ball off the mask. Bruises when you get fouls off your arms.
      These guys are gladiators out there.

      • Tony_H

        I agree Patrick, catching is a rough position. The minimum salary should be $1M for catchers! But that is also why I don’t believe in spending money on catchers and locking them up, they all get hurt and break down faster than other positions. Hopefully by next year our back-up can be a young guy from our system (Lopez anyone) and we can start developing our own for a constant turnover every few years. Unless we get lucky like the Cardinals and find the next Yadier.

      • SuzyS

        I agree…but I’m still not comfortable with the catching talent we have behind Wellington.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Great to have Castillo back in the lineup!

  • triple

    I guess it’s likely that empty roster spot will be filled if Hammel gets traded soon.

    • SuzyS

      Triple, if you check the twitter feed, LHP Wada, on Iowa Cubs, has been added to the 40 man roster…according to Bruce Miles.

      • triple

        Thanks Suzy, I did just hear one of the Cubs announcers mention it too.