Welington Castillo needs knee surgery

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Cubs catcher Welington Castillo needs surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus in his right knee and is done for the season.

Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that Castillo’s recovery timetable is expected to be 4-6 weeks, so he’ll have plenty of time to get fully healthy for spring training.

It’s a rough end to what has been a pretty solid season for Castillo, who emerged as the Cubs’ starting catcher at age 26 and hit .271 with eight homers and a .741 OPS in 113 games. That’s well above average production for the position and he also threw out 29 percent of steal attempts.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.