9/20 Castillo done for season
Welington Castillo has a partial meniscus tear in his right knee, which will require arthroscopic surgery. He is done for the season.
“With proper rehab, it’s the type of thing you come back 100 percent from with rehab,” Theo Epstein said Friday.
This was Castillo’s first full season as the Cubs regular catcher.
“He had a fantastic year,” Epstein said. “I think it’s a developmental success story in every facet. With catching, it starts with winning the trust with your pitchers and putting the right fingers down and he did an outstanding job. He’s really involved in game planning and game calling. I think every pitcher now loves throwing to him. He did an outstanding job defensively. His blocking has been at an elite level.”
Castillo struggled offensively at the beginning of the season but came on strong at the end.
“He made some adjustments and learned a lot about his swing and has gotten pitches that he can drive and is doing damage with them,” Epstein said. “He’s always been a super talented player and great kid, and this is one of those years he’s established himself. Unfortunately it ends this way but he had a full year.”
— Carrie Muskat