8/31 Cubs call-ups
The Cubs were not expected to callup any players on Wednesday when Major League rosters can expand but they do have a catcher in waiting. Welington Castillo, who had been with the Triple-A Iowa team, was in Chicago in case he was needed. Cubs catcher Geovany Soto has some swelling in his right knee and the Cubs wanted a backup just in case he was unavailable for an extended period of time.
Because Castillo was with the Cubs until Aug. 22, he is not eligible to be added to the team until Thursday, 10 days after being sent down. However, if Soto had to go on the disabled list, the Cubs could activate Castillo immediately. The Iowa team has a half game lead in the Pacific Coast League Northern Division and there isn’t a need for more players other than another catcher on the big league team.
The Cubs were expected to add six or seven players once the Iowa team is finished in the playoffs. Among the candidates are pitchers Justin Berg, Jeff Stevens, Mitch Atkins, and Jeff Samardzija, and outfielders Sam Fuld and Brad Snyder.
— Carrie Muskat