Results tagged ‘ Welington Castillo ’

6/17 Soto to be activated

Geovany Soto was hitless in four at-bats on Sunday with Triple-A Iowa, but the Cubs catcher most likely will be activated Monday from the disabled list. Soto, who has not played since May 17 after undersgoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to repair a torn meniscus, went 3-for-16 in five rehab games in the Minor Leagues. Dale Sveum said Sunday they may carry three catchers, keeping Soto, Steve Clevenger and Welington Castillo when Soto is activated.

“It’s still to be determined but it’s a possibility for a little bit that we might do that (carry three) because Clevenger is so versatile,” Sveum said of the left-handed hitter, who can play first base if needed.

– Carrie Muskat

6/5 Cubs may keep 3 catchers

Geovany Soto was making progress in his rehab at Triple-A Iowa, and could join the Cubs as early as Monday. Dale Sveum said they have talked about keeping three catchers on the roster in Soto, Steve Clevenger and Welington Castillo.

“Clevenger can play different positions on the field, and you’re not worried about pinch-hitting,” Sveum said. “It opens things up a little bit.”

Clevenger, who started Friday, was batting .281, while Castillo, who was activated from the disabled list Thursday, was hitting .185. Castillo will start Saturday.

“We’ll see what happens the next day,” Sveum said.

In four rehab games with Iowa, Soto was 3-for-12 with two doubles. He’s been out since May 17 after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

– Carrie Muskat

6/9 Minor League report

Anthony Rizzo hit his 18th homer and Luis Valbuena added his seventh in Iowa’s 5-4 win over Nashville in the first game of a doubleheader Friday. Rodrigo Lopez started, and gave up four runs on 10 hits over six innings. In the second game, Ryan Rowland-Smith gave up one run on two hits over four innings in a 6-0 loss. Brett Jackson had two hits.

Welington Castillo had two hits, including a home run, for Tennessee in a 4-3 win over Mississippi. It was Castillo’s first rehab outing. He started at first base, but was scheduled to catch on Saturday. Nick Struck gave up three runs on seven hits over six innings for the win. Logan Watkins had two hits and two stolen bases.

“It’s been three weeks since I’ve been behind the plate,” Castillo told reporters at Smokies Park. “Let’s see how it goes.”

Greg Rohan hit his 11th homer in Daytona’s 3-2 win over Bradenton in the first game of a doubleheader. Rohan had two hits and two RBIs for the game. Hayden Simpson picked up the win in relief, throwing two innings. In the second game, P.J. Francescon gave up three runs — one earned — on three hits over five innings in a 4-3 loss. Francescon struck out six. Arismendy Alcantara had three hits.

Jose Rosario gave up two runs on five hits over six innings in Peoria’s 4-2 win over Cedar Rapids. Pin-Chieh Chen had two hits, one RBI and a stolen base. Anthony Giansanti had three his and was batting .313.

– Carrie Muskat

6/7 Soto & Castillo – UPDATED

Geovany Soto and Welington Castillo both continued their rehab work on Thursday in Milwaukee, and after the game, Castillo was sent to Double-A Tennessee to join the team to play games. Soto may begin a rehab assignment next week.

“They’re still struggling a little on blocking,” Dale Sveum said of the two. “Everything seems to be right on schedule except pushing off to their left to block balls.”

Soto underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on his left knee May 17, while Castillo is on the disabled list with a sprained right knee, and has been sidelined since May 19.

– Carrie Muskat

5/20 Marmol, Clevenger, etc. updates

Carlos Marmol and Steve Clevenger will begin rehab assignments this week at Triple-A Iowa, but neither were expected to rejoin the big league team until after next weekend. Marmol, sidelined since May 12 with a strained right hamstring, was to throw on the side Monday for Iowa, then throw a simulated game Wednesday, and, if all goes well, he’ll get into a game Friday. Clevenger, out since April 26 with a strained right oblique and rib cage injury, has been taking batting practice this weekend for the first time since he was injured. He was to play Tuesday and ease his way into game action, gradually working up to nine innings as the week progresses.

* Welington Castillo has a mild sprain of the MCL in his right knee, and was expected to miss four to seven days, depending on how he responds to treatment. He was injured on Friday on the last pitch Kerry Wood threw. Said Castillo: “I felt like I couldn’t bend my knee or go side to side.”

* Reliever Blake Parker, who came out of Saturday’s game with a tight right hamstring, underwent an MRI on Sunday. Parker said it felt more like a cramp.

– Carrie Muskat

5/19 Castillo hurt; Hill back

Welington Castillo has a mild sprain of the MCL in his right knee, and was expected to miss four to seven days, depending on how he responds to treatment. Castillo had an MRI on Saturday to determine the injury. The Cubs are already short-handed at catcher with Geovany Soto going on the disabled list Friday because of a tear in the meniscus in his left knee. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on Friday and was expected to be sidelined at least three weeks. Rookie Blake Lalli, who was hitting .178 in 20 games at Triple-A Iowa, was added to the roster on Friday from Triple-A Iowa but he’s the backup. On Saturday, the Cubs acquired Koyie Hill, 33, from the Reds for cash consideration. Hill was playing for Double-A Pensacola, batting .195 with one home run and five RBIs in 14 games. He played for the Cubs from 2007-11. Steve Clevenger, the Cubs’ backup catcher, is currently on the DL with a rib cage injury and was to start taking batting practice on Saturday or Sunday. He was ahead of schedule in his rehab but wasn’t expected to be ready until after the Cubs next road trip.

– Carrie Muskat

5/17 Geovany Soto scratched

Cubs catcher Geovany Soto was scratched from Thursday’s lineup against the Phillies because of inflammation in his left knee. His status was day to day. Welington Castillo, who was batting .150, replaced Soto in the Cubs lineup in the series finale. Soto was hitting .161 with three home runs and six RBIs this season, and has started 27 of the Cubs 37 games. Although his batting average is low, he’s shown some improvement. He hit .127 in April and was batting .211 in May.

– Carrie Muskat

4/30 Extra bases from Des Moines

Notes from a trip to see the Iowa Cubs:

* You’ve heard about Brett Jackson and Anthony Rizzo, but they may not be the best player on the Triple-A Iowa roster. Keep an eye on Adrian Cardenas.

“I think he’s the best hitter on our team, in my opinion,” Rizzo said of Cardenas, whom the Cubs claimed off waivers from the Athletics in February.

The infielder appreciated the compliment from his Iowa teammate.

“It might have a lot to do with the fact that I don’t chase that many pitches,” Cardenas said. “I’m not for making contact and putting the barrel on the ball most of the time. I’ve taken it to another level on timing and when to be aggressive and when to take it back.”

He gives credit to working with Cubs hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo and Iowa hitting coach Dave Keller.

“I feel I’m becoming an all around real good hitter,” Cardenas said.

Through Saturday, he was batting .324. He’s focused on baseball as well as his studies. Cardenas, 24, had a 10-page final due Monday to complete his African-American literature class at New York University. He’s not just trying to win a job on the Cubs roster; he’s working on his degree. This summer, Cardenas will be playing for the I-Cubs and working on a report for his studies, focusing on Cuba and the Cuban revolution. Cardenas is Cuban-American.

“It’s something I’m passionate about and something I’m excited to learn about,” he said.

At the ballpark, he’s all baseball. On Friday, when the Iowa Cubs game against Nashville was postponed by rain, Cardenas was one of many players in the batting cage, getting extra work.

“I’ve never seen so many people have the same goal in mind which is to get better and take their game to the next level,” he said of the Minor League team. “It’s everybody, from top to bottom.”

* Rizzo can only play first base and knows that Bryan LaHair is doing well at that position with the Cubs.

“People always say, ‘LaHair’s doing great, what are you going to do?’” Rizzo said. “Well, LaHair is a great player. I’ve said that to every one of my friends, my parents. He’s a good hitter and I remember seeing him last year here and the numbers he put up. It’s just something I can’t control.

“I’m here,” Rizzo said. “There’s nothing I can do about it. Every day here, when I don’t feel like doing something, I just think of the massive contracts signed by a few other guys in the league and it’s motivation.”

LaHair is able to play the outfield corners, so the Cubs could make room if they felt Rizzo was ready. The two talked about being in the same lineup some day.

“That’d be pretty cool,” Rizzo said. “I’d catch if I had to.”

He’s that eager to get to the big leagues. Blake Lalli, now the No. 1 catcher for Iowa after Welington Castillo was called up, had to pitch one day this season.

“I’d pitch, too,” Rizzo said.

* Brett Jackson has 27 strikeouts in 21 games, which is higher than he’d like.

“I haven’t had the April I’ve wanted,” Jackson said. “You always want to have higher numbers than .250 and 25 strikeouts or whatever. It’s been an adjustment for me. I feel as if I’m adjusting into the player I want to be and I don’t think strikeouts will be a concern in the future.”

Iowa hitting coach Dave Keller isn’t worried about Jackson. This is part of the young outfielder’s development.

“It takes awhile for every hitter, I don’t care who it is, whether it’s Manny [Ramirez] or [Albert] Pujols or [Alex Rodriguez] or [Derek] Jeter,” Keller said. “Ask anybody and they’ll tell you it takes awhile before you understand how to hit with two strikes and there’s no panic that’s involved.”

*  The pitcher to watch at Triple-A Iowa is Chris Rusin. He has a 2.63 ERA in five starts, giving up eight earned runs over 27 1/3 innings. He’s struck out 13 and walked six.

* Junior Lake has not joined one of the Cubs’ Minor League teams because he’s been rehabbing at the extended Spring Training camp in Mesa, Ariz. Lake has been slowed by back problems. The Cubs hope he’ll be assigned to a team in the next 10 days or so.

* Edgar Gonzalez, who was batting .286 in nine games with the Iowa Cubs, has been released and will reportedly join the Tokyo Giants. He is the brother of Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

– Carrie Muskat

4/28 Clevenger placed on DL

The Cubs did not have good news on their catching situation. Steve Clevenger will be lost for an indefinite period of time because of a right oblique strain suffered Friday. Clevenger was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday and Welington Castillo called up from Triple-A Iowa. Cubs manager Dale Sveum told reporters in Philadelphia that Clevenger’s injury will take more than a couple weeks for him to recover from. Clevenger returned to Chicago to be treated. He hurt himself on his last swing of batting practice Friday.

“I kind of waited a little bit to tell anybody,” Clevenger told reporters in Philly. “I went in between innings to go swing and I just couldn’t swing so I had to let them know I couldn’t play.”

What complicates things is Geovany Soto was scratched from Saturday’s lineup because of tightness in his back.

Clevenger was leading the Cubs with five doubles and batting .500.

– Carrie Muskat

4/28 Castillo expected to join Cubs

Welington Castillo will join the Cubs in Philadelphia Saturday night, getting the call to replace Steve Clevenger, who has some tightness in his side. Castillo was batting .320 with two home runs and eight RBIs in 16 games (50 at-bats) for Triple-A Iowa. Clevenger, who was 11-for-22 in 10 games, felt the discomfort during batting practice Friday in Philadelphia. Geovany Soto, the Cubs regular catcher, was batting .135 with one RBI this season.

– Carrie Muskat 


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