During Thursday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Cubs’ catcher Welington Castillo left the game in the sixth inning with right knee soreness.
Castillo underwent an MRI and now it’s known that he will need season ending surgery to repair a partial meniscus tear in his right knee. In a way this couldn’t come at a better time. You figure the way the Cubs are looking right now they would rather have him go down to an injury like this at the end of the season, instead of a couple months ago.
The rehab will take anywhere from between four to six weeks but since the off-season is just around the corner, he will have until spring training to get things going again.
The 26 year old catcher has eight home runs with 32 RBI’s (career highs) on a batting line of .273/.349/.398 through 112 games for the Cubs this season. Dioner Navarro will take over catching duties for the remainder of the season.
The mix between Navarro and Castillo has worked out pretty well when it comes to both offense and defense for the Chicago Cubs.
W. Castillo w a partial tear in meniscus in right knee. Season over, 4-6 wk recovery. Theo says he’s part of the core now
— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) September 20, 2013