#Cubs Castro assured he won’t be traded
Starlin Castro met with Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who assured the shortstop that he wasn’t being traded. Castro was lifted in the seventh inning on Tuesday night, and then told he wasn’t starting on Wednesday. The shortstop wanted — and got — an explanation.
“I just asked him, ‘Why did you take me out of the game?'” Castro said prior to the Cubs game against the Rockies. “He said, ‘It’s nothing serious. We wanted to put [Chris] Coghlan in the game.’ I didn’t want the day off [Wednesday], and he told me, ‘Take it, relax, we want you here, you’re not going nowhere.'”
Castro’s name has been mentioned in trade rumors, and the shortstop says he’s tried to ignore the talk. He didn’t ask Maddon if he was going to be moved by Friday’s deadline.
“No, he did not [ask],” Maddon said. “I said, ‘Listen, you’re not getting traded. Just relax and play and don’t worry about this stuff.'”
“It’s difficult sometimes,” Castro said. “We’re not supposed to think about this. Sometimes, when we’re not doing good, those kind of rumors run in your mind. It’s not supposed to. I felt free to go talk to him. I said, ‘The season’s not over yet, I’m not putting my head down. I’m going to keep working hard to help my team win. I want to be here, I want to stay here.'”
It’s been a difficult season for Castro, a three-time All-Star, who was batting .163 in July and .237 overall.
“It’s really tough,” Castro said. “Like I say all the time, my swing doesn’t go away. I feel healthy. I know things are going to change. I’ve been through this before and I know how it feels. There’s still two months of the season and I think I can finish strong.”
— Carrie Muskat