The Chicago Cubs announce that pitcher Lendy Castillo has cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple A Iowa. Castillo was designated for assignment on January 26th to make room for pitcher Carlos Villanueva on the 40-man roster.
The Cubs acquired Castillo last off-season in the Rule V draft. I thought Castillo pitched well to start the year, but struggled after his good start. Castillo was eventually placed on the DL with an “injury”.
I can’t say for certain if Castillo actually suffered an injury last season. As you see Rule V picks go down with injuries all the time. So, the team can keep the them and not send them back to their original team.
We saw that a couple years ago with David Patton. He was a Rule V draft pick and suffered injuries throughout the season. But we all knew the injuires were made up and not there. It was too obvious!
Castillo was taken off the DL in September when the rosters expanded. Castillo continued to struggle when he returned.
The Cubs transaction page has Castillo outrighted to Triple A, but he’s expected to open the season in Double A., If anything, retaining Castillo is good depth for the minors and majors.
I’m not shocked at all that Castillo cleared waivers. I knew he would and him being DFA was an obvious choice.
The Cubs still have to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for OF Scott Hairston.