According to multiple reports, the Cubs designed RHP Jose Veras for assignment on Tuesday in order to make room on the 40-man roster for C Eli Whiteside. The Cubs had to add Whiteside to the 40-man roster due to an injury to Welington Castillo.
The Cubs placed Welington Castillo on the 15-day DL with a left rib cage injury.
The Cubs had to make a roster move prior to Tuesday’s game in order to activate Hector Rondon from the paternity list. The Cubs decided to cut ties with RHP Jose Veras instead of sending one of the young relievers down to Iowa. Rondon was activated from the paternity list and is available for Tuesday’s opener against the Mets.
With the four roster moves the Cubs announced on Tuesday, the team’s 40-man roster stands at 40 players.
The Cubs signed Jose Veras to a one-year, $3.85 million contract in the off-season that included an incentives package worth $750,000 based on games finished and saved as well as an option for the 2015 season worth $5.5 million with a $150,000 buyout. The total value of the one-year contract was reported at $4 million and that is what the Cubs are on the hook for unless a team picks him up in the next ten days.
Jose Veras was 0-1 in 12 games for the Cubs this season with a 8.10 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP. In 13 13/ innings, Veras allowed 12 runs on 12 hits with 11 walks, 13 strikeouts, three hit batsmen and three wild pitches. Veras really struggled from day one of the Cactus League schedule.
The biggest news from Tuesday’s roster moves is the injury to Welington Castillo that was downplayed as a sore back on Sunday. Adding veteran Eli Whiteside to the 40-man roster had to be done because Castillo and John Baker were the only two catchers on the roster.
The Cubs have not said how long Welington Castillo is expected to be out. The Cubs really needed for him to stay healthy, on the field and continue his development this season. In 43 games this season, Castillo was hitting .242/.287/.385 with eight doubles and five home runs. Castillo hit .276/.329/.474 with three doubles and four home runs in April (20 games).
Eli Whiteside signed a minor league contract with the Cubs in the off-season that included a non-roster invite to Spring Training. Whiteside remained with the team until the end of camp before he reported to Iowa. In 33 games for the I-Cubs, Whiteside hit .171/.235/.295 with four doubles and three home runs.