Though it’s pretty much a given that, when the organization tells its next-in-line catcher to immediately stop playing baseball, the catcher ahead of him is going on the disabled list, we now know officially that Geovany Soto is headed to the DL and will be out a couple weeks at least.
In the also-expected corresponding move, the Cubs called up catching prospect Welington Castillo, whom you may remember from such Spring Trainings as the one this year in which he tore shit up. You may also remember him from such absurd organizational moves as the one where the organization paid Koyie Hill nearly $1 million to be the backup catcher and sent Castillo the minors.
Despite the call-up, you should brace yourself now for the fact that Hill is almost certain to be the nominal starter while Soto is out. Castillo, 24, will get a start here and there, but his presence is not an opportunity for the Cubs to see what he can do – it’s simply a matter of getting the best available catcher on the roster, because you need two catchers. Hill has worked with the starters, they like him, and he’ll be the guy. Lump it.