5/12 Hendry on Castro: We're not worried about defense
The Cubs know Starlin Castro will make mistakes in his crash course on big league baseball.
“He’s a real good defensive player,” GM Jim Hendry said Wednesday of the 20-year-old shortstop, who has made five errors in five games. “I expected a few rough days early.”
One thing Castro has to get used to is the pace of the game. Everything seems faster. And his defensive ability is well above anyone on the roster, Hendry said, adding that Castro can make plays nobody has done with the Cubs for quite some time.
“That’s not a criticism of Ryan [Theriot],” Hendry said of Theriot, who moved from shortstop to second base to make room for the highly touted shortstop. “I think [Theriot] is going to be a better player at second. The kid’s going to make a few errors now and then. There’s nobody in the game who wouldn’t tell you he’s not a plus-plus defender with outstanding range and an above average arm.”
There will be growing pains along the way.
“He’s 20 years old,” Hendry said. “I remember Derek Jeter made a ton of errors in the Minor Leagues. You grow into it. [Castro] is going to find his niche. We’re not worried about his defense at all.”
— Carrie Muskat