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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