Cubs fill 3 of 4 roster spots after trades

CHICAGO – In the wake of two trades Monday night, the Cubs recalled three players from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday.

Casey Coleman, Adrian Cardenas and Welington Castillo all joined the big league roster. A fourth player is still to be added after the Ryan Dempster trade on Tuesday. That player is expected to be a relief pitcher.

Coleman, who takes the roster spot of Paul Maholm, was put right to work, getting the start Tuesday against the Pirates in Ryan Dempster’s spot. Maholm was traded to the Atlanta Braves.

Cardenas takes the spot of Reed Johnson, who was also moved to Atlanta. He can give the Cubs some coverage in the infield and the outfield and supplies a left-handed bat off the bench.

Castillo will take the roster spot of Geovany Soto, who was traded to the Texas Rangers. Manager Dale Sveum said that for now he will split the catching duties evenly with Castillo and Steve Clevenger.