#Cubs post-game notes: Castro, 5th starter, Ramirez

The Rockies roughed up the Cubs, 7-2, on Tuesday as DJ LeMahieu had three hits and Nolan Arenado drove in two runs. Dallas Beeler took the loss.

* Cubs manager Joe Maddon pulled Starlin Castro in a double switch for the second straight game, partly because of the shortstop’s struggles. Castro, who has been mentioned in trade rumors, is batting .237.

“I think it’s great the conjecture occurs now, I think it’s good for the game,” Maddon said. “It’s tough for Starlin if his name is mentioned that often. That’s where it becomes difficult for the guy who’s name is being bandied about.”

* The Cubs are looking for a fifth starter, and Beeler was considered an option, but he served up four runs in the first inning on Tuesday and was pulled with one out in the second after he walked LeMahieu. The Cubs are reportedly in the market for a starter prior to Friday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline, and Beeler’s ineffectiveness in his three starts may prompt the front office to make a few more phone calls.

One option could be Travis Wood, who struck out six over 3 ⅔ innings in relief of Beeler, but Maddon likes the lefty in the ‘pen.

“There’s no denying he could be a consideration,” Maddon said of Wood. “I’d prefer that he would not be. You have to consider that it may happen, yes.”

* Neil Ramirez was not available Tuesday. The right-hander, who has not pitched since Saturday, was to be examined by the team doctors. He was sidelined from mid April until late June because of inflammation in his shoulder. Maddon expected more news on Wednesday.

* Dexter Fowler had three hits, and has reached base safely in 12 straight games.

— Carrie Muskat


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I never did like the Ian Stewart trade but I also never condemned it as it was a logical attempt to solve the third base crisis…it certainly seems like DJ LeMahieu is the one player Theo under estimated or under valued and is the one that got away. Kudos to the Rockies for seeing the potential in such an “unrecognized” player. Sure wish he was at 2B and Russell was at SS…..water under the bridge now. Maybe Baez will make us forget about DJ???

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