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Castillo returns to Cubs lineup for finale

Castillo returns to Cubs lineup for finale

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SAN DIEGO -- Catcher Welington Castillo was back in the Cubs' lineup Sunday after missing a few days to rest sore ribs.

Castillo was injured on Aug. 17 while making an awkward throw.

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"We gave him enough days off and he's feeling a lot better," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.

Castillo said he's still a little tender, but doesn't want to go on the disabled list with so little time remaining in the season.

"I'm not 100 percent, but I have to get through the season," said the catcher, who feels it more when he's hitting than when he's making a throw from behind the plate.

Castillo, who has not played since Wednesday, went 3-for-26 in his last eight games, and was batting .265 entering Sunday's finale vs. the Padres.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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