4/22 Castro: ‘I’ll do my work’

Starlin Castro ranks among the NL leaders in hits, multi-hit games and batting average, and on Friday, he was in the No. 3 spot in the batting order for the second game for the Cubs. That’s asking a lot from a 21-year-old.

“I’ll do the same,” Castro said Friday. “Leadoff, second, anywhere. I’ll do my work.”

Castro batted third in the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader but that was partly because manager Mike Quade gave Marlon Byrd the day off. On Friday, Byrd was dropped from third to sixth in the order.

“It’s just a function of a little bit of everything, a little performance, matchups, a lot of different stuff,” Quade said of his lineup, which he promised would change on Saturday.

Castro began the season in the No. 2 hole and btted .286 there, and was moved into the leadoff spot and thrived, hitting .463. On Wednesday in the No. 3 spot, he went 1-for-4.

“With ‘Cassie’ there, it’s just that I think he can handle it and he’s playing well enough to use him as an option in the three-hole,” Quade said. “I’m comfortable with him 1-2-3 right now.”

– Carrie Muskat

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