--C Geovany Soto went on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained right groin. He suffered the injury while blocking a ball in the first inning of Tuesday night's game. The Cubs recalled C Welington Castillo from Class AAA Iowa, where he was hitting .245 with two homers and four RBI in 14 games. Veteran backup C Koyie Hill started Wednesday's game and went 2-for-4 with a run-scoring triple and an RBI double.
Castillo played in seven games for the Cubs last year. He opened this season at Class A Daytona as a DH because of a strained right index finger, an ailment he says he may have to play through all year long. The Cubs like Castillo's arm, but they feel he still needs work handling pitchers and calling games. "I'm more mature, just calling the game," Castillo said. With a day game Thursday following a night game, he's likely to get the start.
--LHP Doug Davis, 35, will be brought up from Class AAA Iowa to start Saturday's game against the Giants at Wrigley Field. Davis started Tuesday, so he will be going on three days' rest. However, the Cubs limited him to 3 2/3 innings in Tuesday's start. The Cubs need a fifth starter with RHPs Randy Wells (forearm) and Andrew Cashner (rotator cuff) on the disabled list.
--SS Starlin Castro broke out of a slump with four hits and three RBI, including a run-scoring triple. Castro batted sixth in the lineup for the first time this year. The four hits equaled a career high. "When his discipline is good, he's good," manager Mike Quade said. "He's really good in the strike zone."
--RHP Matt Garza waited out a 53-minute rain delay in the third inning and was able to come back and earn his second victory against four losses. He allowed one run in five innings against the Cardinals for his first victory at Wrigley Field. "I'm not a big 'W' guy," he said, referring to his own stats. "It's more of an individual accolade. I'd rather get team goals first and then mine will fall (into place). If we can take this thing to the postseason, I'm pretty sure at the end of the year, my record's going to be pretty good."
BY THE NUMBERS
25 -- The Cubs broke a string of hits without an extra-base hits at 25 when 1B Carlos Pena doubled in the third inning.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"The video room looks like a bakery on a Sunday." -- Manager Mike Quade, on players lining up to look at video.
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