4/23 Minor matters

Starlin Castro is riding a nine-game hitting streak after collecting hits in both ends of a doubleheader on Thursday. Castro went 2-for-4 in Tennessee’s 7-3 win over Caroina in the opener and was 2-for-3 in the nightcap, an 8-1 victory. He’s now batting .452 and has 10 multi-hit games.

Welington Castillo homered and Brad Snyder extended his hitting streak to eight games in Iowa’s 6-5, 10-inning loss to Memphis. Snyder is batting .485 during his streak. Mike Parisi did not get a decision. He gave up two runs on four hits over six innings.

Josh Vitters hit two home runs to help Daytona beat Tampa, 9-6. Vitters finished with four RBIs.

Su-Min Jung improved to 3-0 for Peoria which beat Kane County, 6-4. Jung threw five scoreless innings, giving up three hits and two walks.

— Carrie Muskat


Seriously, it’s time to move Castro up. If not to the bigs, at least to AAA.

I read a quote by Hendry in today’s paper regarding that it’s not about the money it’s doing what’s best for the team. I think he was responding to a question regarding Zambrano going to the pen. So, if it’s not about money then why is he not promoting Castro? He is still concerned about Castro’s major league playing time hurting them in the pocket book down the road? Then he’s talking out the side of his mouth. He shouldn’t be making statements like that, when it is so obvious to us fans that “it” is all about the money, the bad money he spent on below average talent. The more the minor league system shines the more Hendry is steadily approaching laughingstock status as the GM that can’t recognize and tap into his own system and continues to throw out millions of dollars on even more inadequate players.

How does this work, does Lou not have any say? Surely he knows how well Castro is doing down there and if he says he’s going to put the best team out on the field, why doesn’t he do it? Seems to me like he’s not the one calling the shots with the team which he should because he is the coach. Being from Texas and a Cowboys fan, this situation seems a lot like the one the Cowboys have. The coach is just there for looks with the shots being called from above.

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