Catching is one of the organization’s bigger weaknesses, and now the Cubs will be without Welington Castillo for at least the next two weeks.
Castillo downplayed the injury that landed him on the disabled list on Tuesday, saying it shouldn’t be a major issue. The Cubs had pulled Castillo from the middle of Sunday’s game in Milwaukee with what was described as a sore back. Castillo got an MRI and will be sidelined with left rib cage inflammation.
“My first swing, my first at-bat (on Sunday), I just felt something pop in there,” Castillo said. “I just tried to keep playing but it was getting worse and worse.
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“Hopefully, (it’s) two weeks, and I get back to the team as soon as I can.”
The Cubs called up Eli Whiteside from Triple-A Iowa before Tuesday’s game against the New York Mets at Wrigley Field. Whiteside used to back up Buster Posey and earned two World Series rings with the San Francisco Giants.
Manager Rick Renteria believed Castillo’s injury would not be a “long-term situation” and planned to mix-and-match with John Baker and Whiteside.
“When you lose your main catcher,” Renteria said, “it’s a tough blow, because they’re the guys that carry most of the staff. But, again, we’re very confident that Bake can hold his own and Eli will be able to step in. Eli’s been around awhile. He’s a pro. He’s a really good receiver. We’re hoping those guys can complement each other.”