Cubs may have to shut down Welington Castillo

Cubs may have to shut down Welington Castillo
September 19, 2013, 6:00 pm

MILWAUKEE – Welington Castillo’s season could be over.

The Cubs catcher felt sharp pains in his right knee while running out a routine groundball in the sixth inning of Thursday’s 5-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. He will be evaluated on Friday, and it could make sense to shut him down with only nine games left this year.

“I don’t know,” Castillo said. “We’re going to decide what to do, but I want to finish the season strong. I can’t control that. We’re going to see what the doctors say.”

Castillo, 26, has looked like a potential building block, while adding the disclaimer he still needs to improve his game-calling and handle the pitching staff with more authority. But he also has a rocket arm and has shown signs of hitting for power, with six of his eight home runs coming since the All-Star break.

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Castillo is hitting .271 with a .347 on-base percentage through 113 games. That’s a significant number since there were questions about his ability to stay healthy. He had never played more than 101 games before in his eight previous professional seasons.

“I feel my body this year was in really, really good shape,” Castillo said. “Stuff happens. You go out there and give 100 percent every day and that kind of stuff can happen.”