Tag:Welington Castillo
Posted on: May 11, 2011 4:11 pm
Edited on: May 11, 2011 4:12 pm
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Cubs' Soto placed on DL with groin injury

By Matt Snyder

Cubs catcher Geovany Soto has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with the groin injury he suffered Tuesday night against the Cardinals. Minor-league catcher Welington Castillo has been recalled as a corresponding move before Wednesday night's game against the Cardinals. Castillo will wear No. 53 and is available for the game.

Losing Soto is a big blow for the Cubs' struggling offense. He's hitting just .226 with three home runs, eight doubles and 12 RBI, but he has power potential. To illustrate the point, the Cubs are ranked highly in the NL in batting average and on-base percentage, yet rank near the bottom in runs scored and slugging percentage. As I tweeted earlier today, Carlos Zambrano has a better slugging percentage than every hitter aside from Alfonso Soriano and Reed Johnson. Soto is tied for second on the team in home runs -- again, with three.

Cubs' backup catcher Koyie Hill certainly isn't going to provide any punch. He has seven career home runs and a .302 slugging percentage in 715 career at-bats. This season, he's hitting .125 with a .576 OPS.

So maybe Castillo gets an extended look with Soto shelved? The 24-year-old hit .255 with 13 home runs, 59 RBI and 17 doubles in 69 Triple-A games last season. This season, he's hitting .245 with two homers and a .723 OPS in 14 Triple-A games. He did get 21 plate appearances last season for the Cubs -- his first appearances in the majors -- and hit .300 with a home run, four doubles and five RBI.

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Posted on: March 22, 2011 10:14 pm
 

3 up, 3 down for 3/22: Fox strikes again

Jake Fox

By C. Trent Rosecrans

3 UP

1. Orioles bats -- Jake Fox, pictured, hit his eighth homer of the spring for Baltimore, but he wasn't alone in peppering Yankees pitching on Tuesday. Luke Scott hit a shot over the scoreboard in right-center. J.J. Hardy also homered. The Orioles are slugging .445 this spring, the best mark by an American League team in Florida. The Phillies at .447 are the only Grapefruit League team with a better slugging percentage.

2. Wandy Rodriguez, Astros -- Sidelined the last two weeks with left shoulder tendinitis, Houston's left-hander allowed three hits and an unearned run in four innings, throwing 40 strikes in 60 pitches. Rodriguez is scheduled to start again on Sunday and then face Cliff Lee in the Astros' second game of the regular season.

3. Travis Buck, Indians -- The Indians outfielder had two homers in Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks, raising his spring total to four. He had four total homers in 177 at-bats between the minors and the A's last season.

3 DOWN

1. Adam Dunn, White Sox -- Chicago's new slugger struck out three times on Tuesday in an 0-for-4 performance, giving him 22 strikeouts this spring. He's hitting .208/.311/.358 this spring with one homer in a team-leading 53 at-bats.

2. Mike Leake, Reds -- The day after it looked like Leake had his ticket to Cincinnati punched thanks to Johnny Cueto's injury, the A's took BP on the Reds' right-hander. Leake gave up single runs in each of the first two innings on Tuesday and then allowed five in the third, while recording only one out. In all he gave up six hits, seven earned runs, walked four and saw his ERA rise to 9.39. Daric Barton and Coco Crisp both hit solo homers off of Leake.

3. Welington Castillo, Cubs -- A rough day for Castillo, who nearly beat out an infield single, but showed his catchers speed and was thrown out in his only plate appearance of the day. Sure, lots of folks went 0 for 1 on Tuesday, but not many saw their average drop from .706 to .667. Castillo has 12 hits in 18 at-bats, plus two walks, so his on-base percentage is still .700. For those of you not used to that statistic, it's officially "not too bad."

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Posted on: September 22, 2010 3:45 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2010 3:46 pm
 

Colvin released from hospital

Tyler Colvin Cubs rookie Tyler Colvin was released from a Miami hospital on Wednesday, the team announced.

Colvin was sent to the hospital on Sunday after a part of Welington Castillo's bat hit Colvin in the chest and caused air to get into his chest.

Colvin will miss the rest of the season.

 -- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 20, 2010 4:33 pm
 

MLB won't ban maple bats

Major League Baseball has said it can't fix the shattered bat problem by simply banning maple bats in reaction to Tyler Colvin's hospitalization after being hit by a piece of Welington Castillo's bat on Sunday.

"People say ban maple bats," MLB executive vice president of labor relations Ron Manfred told the Chicago Tribune 's Phil Rogers . "We couldn't play if we banned maple bats. There's not enough ash available. If you banned maple, you'd find there's not enough high-quality ash available. We're dealing with an ash blight in the United States."

Manfred told Rogers that MLB hopes to increase safety requirements for 2011. MLB has put in restrictions before each of the last two seasons on bats. For 2011, MLB will look to make handles thicker and barrels thinner, but will need approval from the players' association.

According to Manfred, the "multiple-piece fractures" have declined 30 percent from 2008 to 2009 and an additional 15 percent this season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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