Cubs activate RHP Rondon, call-up C Whiteside
Hector Rondon returns to the 25-man roster. (Photo by Stephen Green)
The Cubs made a series of transactions Tuesday, activating right-handed reliever Hector Rondon from the paternity list, and calling up catcher Eli Whiteside from Triple-A Iowa. In other moves, reliever Jose Veras has been designated for assignment, and catcher Welington Castillo has been placed on the DL with left rib cage inflammation.
The 26-year-old Rondon has an 0-1 record with six saves, 25 strikeouts and a 1.59 ERA over 22.2 innings. Opposing hitters are batting .193 against the right-hander, and his .493 OPS against ranks 10th among NL relievers.
Whiteside, 34, signed with the Cubs prior to the season and is set to make his Cubs debut. He’s currently hitting .171 with four doubles, three homers and 13 RBI in Triple-A Iowa. He has played all or part of five big league seasons and won World Series rings with the Giants in 2010 and 2012. He’s a career .215 hitter in the majors.
In 13.1 innings, Veras went 0-1 with a 8.10 ERA for the Cubs.
Castillo is currently hitting .242 with five homers.