CHICAGO -- Welington Castillo was back in the Cubs' lineup Thursday after getting a one-day breather. Castillo was activated from the disabled list on Sunday, and the Cubs don't want the catcher to overdo it.
Castillo was able to contribute to the Cubs' 5-3 victory with an RBI single in the fourth inning on Thursday night.
"He's been down for a while," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said of Castillo, who was sidelined with a left rib cage strain. "He had back-to-back days [last Friday and Saturday] for the first time before he arrived with us, and then I ended up using him to pinch-hit and he caught an inning. That was one of the things I was trying to stay away from."
Castillo arrived Sunday at Wrigley Field from his rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa, where he played back-to-back games.
"For him, it's a little like Spring Training again," Renteria said. "We have to make sure we use him wisely."
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