Saturday, April 28, 2012

Cubs lose in Philly tonight; Wellington Castillo called up to replace Steve Clevenger, who was put on the DL

The Cubs lost game 2 of the 4 game series against the Philadelphia Phillies tonight by a score of 5-2.  Randy Wells made his second start this season in place of Ryan Dempster, who is on the disabled list.  Wells got off to a good start and didn't allow a hit during the first three innings, but then allowed four runs on three hits and walked four and struck out three batters during 3.2 innings pitched.

Randy Wells made his second start of the season tonight against the Phillies (photo from
Wells' future is uncertain, since Ryan Dempster seems to be on track to return to the rotation on May 3rd.  Cubs manager Dale Sveum said, "We'll make those decisions on Thursday, if (Kerry Wood) bounces back from the simulated game on Monday, then obviously we'll have two decisions to make.  But we'll wait, depending on how the bullpen works out.  You never know what's going to go on in the five games up until that day."  Wells could either remain with the Cubs as a reliever or go back to Triple-A Iowa to stay stretched out as a starter.

Cubs backup catcher Steve Clevenger was put on the 15-day disabled list today for a right oblique strain and is out for an indefinite amount of time.  Wellington Castillo has been called up from Triple-A Iowa to take Clevenger's spot on the roster.

Clevenger flew back to Chicago Saturday to be treated and said the injury happened on his last swing of batting practice Friday in Philly.  Clevenger said, "I kind of waited a little bit to tell anybody," he said. “I went in between innings to go swing and I just couldn’t swing, so I had to let them know I couldn’t play.”

The Cubs will play their third game against the Phillies tomorrow at 12:35pm CT.  Matt Garza will be the Cubs' starting pitcher.

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