Welington Castillo C CHC 2 weeks ago

Castillo is in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rockies, ESPN Chicago reports.

Castillo will be the third catcher to start for the Cubs in the team's third game of the season. His playing time will be minimal, but he will most often be used against left-handers when Jon Lester does not start for the Cubs. Castillo will hit seventh in the Cubs' batting order Friday afternoon.

Welington Castillo C CHC 3 weeks ago

The Cubs will open the season with three catchers, including Castillo, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

"We have three good catchers here and that's really nice," manager Joe Maddon said. The Cubs may be saying all the right things and may head north with Castillo in tow, but they'd trade him quickly if they get a good offer. He'll be used sparingly, but he could be a frequent pinch hitter this year if he sticks with the team.

Welington Castillo C CHC 1 month ago

The Cubs are considering keeping Castillo as a third catcher, the team's official site reports.

The long-held belief once the Cubs picked up Miguel Montero and David Ross was that Castillo would be traded, but so far they've found no takers. With the versatile Arismendy Alcantara and Tommy La Stella already on the roster, the Cubs may be able to afford the luxury of keeping Castillo, but they're still likely to explore trading avenues.

Welington Castillo C CHC 3 months ago

Castillo and the Cubs avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.1 million deal Friday, ESPN Chicago reports.

Although the Cubs keep Castillo under contract with the agreement, it's generally believed that they will attempt to trade him after acquiring Miguel Montero and David Ross earlier this offseason.

Welington Castillo C CHC 4 months ago

Castillo is now projected to serve in a backup role for the Cubs following the acquisition of Miguel Montero on Tuesday.

Rumors have swirled that suggest Castillo could be on the move in a trade, as the Cubs have been linked to free agent David Ross after signing Jon Lester to a six-year deal late Tuesday night. Castillo's OPS fell by 61 points in 2014, but he swatted a career-best 13 home runs in 380 at-bats. Turning 28 in April, Castillo may be coveted as a viable starter by other clubs despite his defensive limitations.

Welington Castillo C CHC 7 months ago

Castillo is out of the lineup Sunday against the Brewers, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

Castillo has been behind the plate for five of the Cubs' last six games, but will take a seat for Sunday's season finale. John Baker will man the backstop in his stead, catching starter Jacob Turner.

Welington Castillo C CHC 7 months ago

Castillo is out of the lineup against the Brewers, Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald reports.

Castillo went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and committed an error in his last game behind the plate Wednesday, and will get a day off Friday after four straight starts. Rafael Lopez will start behind the plate and bat eighth for the Cubs in his place.

Welington Castillo C CHC 7 months ago

Castillo smacked his 13th home run of the year, while going 2-for-5 with three RBI, including the walk-off hit in the 10th inning in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.

Castillo has a hit in three straight games, but more or less he's been the same boom-or-bust hitter all year long. Although the 13 home runs are nice, he has also struck out 98 times in 373 at-bats and carries a .241/.300/.397 season slash line.

Welington Castillo C CHC 7 months ago

Castillo (ribs) is back in the lineup Sunday against the Dodgers.

Castillo suffered a left rib contusion in Friday's contest, and although the team said he'd be available Saturday, they elected to take the conservative approach and give him another day of rest. He'll return to the backstop Sunday, however, and will catch starter Jacob Turner. The 27-year-old has had a strong finish to his 2014 season, batting .318 in the month of September.

Welington Castillo C CHC 7 months ago

Castillo (ribs) is available Saturday but the Cubs want to let his injury heal another day, the Chicago Tribune's Paul Sullivan reports.

He left Friday's game with a rib contusion but it sounds like he could be back in the lineup Sunday. John Baker will get the start behind the dish Saturday against the Dodgers.