Cubs activate Manny Rodríguez off injured list, option Kervin Castro

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Rodríguez rejoins Cubs bullpen, activated off IL originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

A new but familiar face is joining the Cubs bullpen after hard-throwing right-hander Manny Rodríguez was activated off the 60-day injured list before Friday's series opener against the Brewers.

The Cubs optioned Kervin Castro to Triple-A Iowa and transferred Alec Mills (low back strain) to the 60-day IL in corresponding moves.

The Cubs threw Rodríguez right into the fray Friday, when he picked up his second career save. He allowed an unearned run in the 10th inning before working out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam alongside some heads-up defense by Nick Madrigal.

Rodríguez, who made his big-league debut last summer as a callup post-trade deadline, opened this season with Iowa before going down with an elbow strain in June.

He made five appearances on a rehab assignment this month between the Arizona Complex League and with Iowa, including a one-inning, three-strikeout performance last weekend for the I-Cubs.

Rodríguez posted a 6.11 ERA in 20 appearances for the Cubs last season, striking out 16 with 12 walks in 17 2/3 innings.

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