Youth in Cubs' pen needs to grow up fast

April, 10, 2012
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- Rafael Dolis and Lendy Castillo got some more valuable mound time Tuesday as the kids in the bullpen get some of the experience they need.

Dolis has setup man written all over him and even closer if he can continue to develop. He went two innings while giving up a run after he pitched a perfect inning over the weekend.

Castillo also showed that his issues in his major league debut Monday were probably related to jitters. He gave up a run in two-thirds of an inning in his first ever outing, but rebounded Tuesday to pitch a scoreless inning with a walk and a strikeout.

Despite the Brewers carrying a good-sized lead in to the late innings, catcher Geovany Soto was working hard to coax the best possible outing form the young pitchers.

“Geo has done a good job,” manager Dale Sveum said. “He’s fighting to get these guys to calm down a little bit. Castillo, it’s his first couple of innings in the big leagues. Last night his legs were about as rubbery and wobbly as they could possibly be. But that inning last night probably helped him tonight. He wasn’t as shaky out there. He was able to get back into counts and throw strikes.”

Castillo was a Rule 5 pickup from the Philadelphia Phillies who had never pitched above Single-A. But with the way the Rule 5 requirements are, he must stay on the major league roster the entire season or be offered back to his former club for half his $50,000 selection fee.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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OTHER LEADERS
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