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Cubs roster move: Nicholas Castellanos activated, Robel Garcia optioned to Iowa

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The Cubs have a new bat available tonight.

Nicholas Castellanos hugs teammate Jordy Mercer Wednesday in Anaheim after he learned of the trade to the Cubs
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Wednesday afternoon, literally right before the deadline, the Cubs acquired Nicholas Castellanos from the Tigers.

He’ll join the active roster for Thursday’s game against the Cardinals in St. Louis:

Robel Garcia has been a great story this year, going from a guy the Cubs scouted by accident while he was playing for the Italian national team, to someone who dominated Double-A and Triple-A, to the big-league Cubs roster a month ago.

He’s hit .220/.254/.525 in 59 at-bats for the Cubs. That slugging percentage is solid; eight of his 13 hits have been for extra bases (two doubles, two triples, four home runs). But he’s also struck out 26 times in 63 plate appearances (41 percent). Clearly, he’s still a work in progress.

He’ll certainly be back in September, if not before. In the meantime, he can get regular at-bats at Iowa.

Incidentally, I have been informed by our SB Nation Tigers colleagues at Bless You Boys that Castellanos prefers “Nicholas,” not “Nick.”

Welcome Nicholas Castellanos to the Cubs! Here’s hoping he provides some offense for the next two (or three!) months, something the Cubs have been seeking all summer.