From the Wire: Cubs Option INF/OF Logan Watkins and RHP Brian Schlitter to Triple-A Iowa

The Cubs announced Sunday following the three-game sweep over the Orioles that Starlin Castro will be activated off the bereavement list prior and be available for Tuesday’s opener against the Reds. Castro was placed on the bereavement list last Thursday in order to leave the team to take care of his family in the Dominican Republic.

INF/OF Logan Watkins was optioned to Iowa to make room on the active roster for Starlin Castro.

Prior to Sunday’s game, the Cubs announced RHP Brian Schlitter had been activated from the 15-day DL and optioned to Iowa. Schlitter was placed on the 15-day DL on August 10 with right shoulder inflammation.

PrintThe Cubs are expected to recall both Logan Watkins and Brian Schlitter when the roster expands in September. Watkins and Schlitter will be eligible to be recalled on Sept. 4.

Logan Watkins made a very good impression, with the exception of the baserunning gaffe in Saturday’s game, in his brief call-up. Watkins went 0-for-3 Sunday but was 3-for-10 with a double, a run scored and three RBI in four games while playing excellent defense at second base.

Brian Schlitter made two rehab appearances in the Cubs system prior to Sunday, one with the AZL Cubs and the other with Iowa. Schlitter pitched a scoreless inning in Rookie Ball and allowed one run on one hit with no walks and no strikeouts in an inning of work Saturday night for Iowa.

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