Castillo singles in first Minor League rehab game

Castillo singles in first Minor League rehab game

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Cubs catcher Welington Castillo went 1-for-5, hitting a single in the sixth, in his first Minor League rehab game with Triple-A Iowa on Friday night.

Castillo grounded out in his four other at-bats.

"The reports are that he's feeling good," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "He played nine innings last night. Couple blocked balls, couple ground balls with no incident, felt good. He continues to progress."

His rehab was delayed one day because of wet grounds at Principal Park. Castillo was in Thursday's lineup but rain delayed the start of the game for more than one hour. Iowa manager Marty Pevey said he scratched Castillo as a precaution because he didn't want to risk having the catcher slip on the wet area behind home plate.

Castillo has been on the disabled list since June 2 with left rib cage inflammation. He did take batting practice on Thursday and caught in the bullpen prior to the game. Castillo was expected to play Saturday.

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