Cubs place catcher Welington Castillo on DL, recall LHP Travis Wood

HOUSTON – The Chicago Cubs today placed catcher Welington Castillo on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to May 19) with an MCL sprain in his right knee and recalled left-handed pitcher Travis Wood from Triple-A Iowa. 

Wood, who will wear uniform number 30, will make the start for the Cubs tonight against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.

The 25-year-old Wood begins his second stint with the Cubs this season, as he recorded a no-decision in Chicago’s 11-inning, 4-3 victory vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 6.  The southpaw limited the Dodgers to three runs on three hits and three walks in 6.0 innings, fanning four.  Wood was optioned back to Iowa the next day.  He has made seven starts with Iowa, going 3-3 with a 4.57 ERA (21 ER/41.1 IP). 

Acquired from Cincinnati last December as part of the trade that sent left-handed pitcher Sean Marshall to the Reds, Wood is 11-10 with a 4.19 ERA (100 ER/214.2 IP) in 40 games (36 starts) in parts of three major league seasons with the Reds (2010-11) and Cubs (2012).  The southpaw has held opponents to a .255 batting average against and .317 on-base percentage, walking only 69 batters in 214.2 innings pitched, an average of 2.9 walks per nine innings.  Wood has limited left-handed hitters to a .214 batting average and righthanders to a .265 mark.

Originally selected by Cincinnati in the second round of the 2005 Draft out of high school, Wood was named Cincinnati’s 2009 Minor League Pitcher of the Year and the Southern League’s Most Outstanding Pitcher after combining to go 13-5 with a 1.77 ERA (33 ER/167.2 IP) in 27 starts between Double-A Carolina and Triple-A Louisville.

Castillo, 25, is batting .185 (5-for-27) with two doubles, one home run and four RBI in seven games for the Cubs this season.