#Cubs Castro makes 1st start at 2B
Starlin Castro, bumped from shortstop by rookie Addison Russell, was back in the Cubs starting lineup Friday for the first time since Aug. 6, but making his first career start at second base.
Manager Joe Maddon said he hoped the time off can help Castro, who was batting .189 since the All-Star break. Russell was batting .276 since the break. Could Castro get regular playing time again?
“Sure — we’ll see how it all plays out,” Maddon said. “I’m very open minded about that. This guy has been a big part of [the Cubs] for the past several years. I’m a big fan of his work ethic. I think he really cares a lot and all that stuff matters. It’s just been a tough year for him.”
Since the Aug. 6 game, Castro, a three-time All-Star at shortstop, has subbed at second base twice late in the game for Chris Coghlan. He’s gone 1-for-3 in three games.
Maddon hoped to take advantage of playing in an American League ballpark and use the designated hitter spot to give some players a breather. On Friday, Kyle Schwarber was the DH against right-hander Jeff Samardzija, but Maddon admitted he probably should’ve used Anthony Rizzo. The White Sox will start two lefties in the next two games of the series.
“I might have screwed that up,” Maddon said about giving Rizzo a day.
Jorge Soler did not start Friday, just to give him a day off.
— Carrie Muskat