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Cubs lose Rule 5 Draft pick due to grievance

Cubs lose Rule 5 Draft pick due to grievance

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Cubs lose Rule 5 Draft pick due to grievance

CHICAGO -- The Cubs did not plan on taking a player in next week's Rule 5 Draft, but they have apparently lost that selection anyway because of a grievance filed by the Phillies.

In December 2011, the Cubs selected right-hander Lendy Castillo from the Phillies' organization. Castillo spent most of the 2012 season on the disabled list with a groin injury, and he appeared in 13 games for the Cubs.

Any player selected in the Rule 5 Draft must stay on a team's active roster for the entire season. To prevent abuse of the draft, the player selected must be active for at least 90 days. That keeps teams from selecting players and placing them on the DL for the majority of the season.

Castillo missed 91 days in 2012, and he spent all of the 2013 season in the Minor Leagues. The Phillies will have the Cubs' selection in the Rule 5 Draft as compensation.

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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