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9/12 Castro, Rizzo making progress

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro was allowed to walk without a supportive walking boot on his left ankle Friday, and predicts he’ll be back before the season ends. Meanwhile, Anthony Rizzo continued to make progress in his rehab from a lower back strain, and was able to run the bases for the first time on Friday.

Castro, who suffered a high ankle sprain on Sept. 2 in an awkward slide at home, said it’s important for him to get some at-bats in the final two weeks.

“This is a great season for me,” said Castro, who was batting .292. “I think I can improve more than what I’ve done. I want to be healthy, I don’t want to go into the offseason not playing. I want to play — if it’s three games, I’ll play three games.”

Rizzo has not played since he left the Aug. 26 game in Cincinnati when his back tightened up. Manager Rick Renteria said the first baseman most likely will not return until Monday when the team returns home to face the Reds.

“Obviously, we’re taking it very slow,” Rizzo said Friday. “We want it to be 100 percent going forward. We don’t want any setbacks.”

Rizzo did take batting practice for the second day, but running was a new part of his rehab.

“It was nice to throw cleats on and sweat like that,” he said.

– Carrie Muskat

9/3 Castro likely done for the season

Starlin Castro has a high ankle sprain, and is most likely done for the season. GM Jed Hoyer said the prognosis is four weeks.

“We’re not going to shut him down,” Hoyer said. “He’s going to work hard to come back. His mentality is he’s going to beat four weeks and come back. … Our assumption is it’s season ending.”

Castro was injured in the first inning Tuesday when he made an awkward slide into home plate. He limped off the field, and tried to convince manager Rick Renteria to let him keep playing. Instead, Castro had an MRI and X-rays, which showed no fracture or ligament damage.

– Carrie Muskat

9/2 Cubs 7, Brewers 1

* Arismendy Alcantara extended his Wrigley Field hitting streak to six games with a fifth-inning, two-run homer. He’s hit five home runs in his last 10 games, after hitting three in his first 40 contests.

* Luis Valbuena has driven in a run in three straight games, and has hit safely in eight of his last nine games.

* With a run-scoring single to left field in the first inning, JORGE SOLER has recorded at least one RBI in five of his first six big league games. He’s hit safely in all six games (.500/11-for-22) since his promotion Aug. 27.

* Jake Arrieta picked up his eighth win of the season, giving up one run on five hits while walking two and striking out four over six innings. He has given up one or no earned runs in 13 of his 22 starts, and is 4-1 with a 1.83 ERA (13 ER/64 IP) in 10 starts at Wrigley Field this year.

* Before he left the game with a left ankle sprain, Starlin Castro extended his hitting streak to nine games (.406/13-for-32) with a first-inning single to left field. He has hit safely in 25 of his last 27 games dating to Aug. 1, going 40-for-103 (.388) during the stretch.

* Rafael Lopez (0-for-1) made his Major League debut, grounding out to first base in the eighth inning.

9/2 Starlin Castro – UPDATE

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro had to leave Tuesday’s game with a left ankle sprain suffered in an awkward slide at home plate in the first inning. Castro had singled with one out and one on in the first and was on second base when Jorge Soler singled to left against the Brewers and Yovani Gallardo. As he slid into home, his left ankle bent awkwardly underneath him. He was able to walk off the field under his own power but was obviously limping. Initial tests showed no fracture. Castro was still being evaluated.

– Carrie Muskat

8/28 Finding a happy medium

On Wednesday, Starlin Castro failed to run hard after hitting a ball to center, and it may have proved costly in a loss to the Reds. On Friday, Castro doubled with one out in the sixth, tried to stretch his hit, and was thrown out at third. The Cubs are working on finding a happy medium.

“Here’s a guy who everybody gets on because he doesn’t run out of the box,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. “He’s been hustling, he runs out of the box hard, gets to second base, and in that instance, he did everything I wanted him to do except now you have to make sure you see the ball in front of you.

“I said, ‘It’s OK in this instance to stay there,'” Renteria said. “I’ll take that and take being able to explain to him how to approach it better than him not getting over there. I think he showed everybody he’s willing to go ahead and do the things he’s supposed to. We have to do it consistently over a long period of time. At least he showed me something by trying to get over there and trying to make something happen.”

The Cubs are counting on players like Castro and Anthony Rizzo to be examples for the rookies, who aren’t much younger than the pair. General manager Jed Hoyer said he liked how Renteria handled Castro.

“First of all, I’d say, I’m really glad Starlin right away went and apologized to everyone,” Hoyer said. “He knew he messed up. I think it’s the wrong time right now, and Ricky knows this — [Castro] is going through a lot. He knows he made a mistake, he apologized to everyone. It’s not something you need to harp on.”

Hoyer complimented Castro’s play this season, saying he’s eliminated a lot of the mental mistakes.

“In some ways we’re asking a lot of those guys — we need those guys to show [the rookies] how to play,” Hoyer said of Castro and Rizzo.

– Carrie Muskat

8/27 Reds 7, Cubs 5

* In his first career start with the Cubs, Jacob Turner gave up six runs over 3 2/3 innings. He was on a pitch count limit because he had not started since Aug. 3.

“I would’ve liked to have gotten a little deeper in the game,” Turner said. “That part is definitely frustrating. At the same time, you’ve got to build the pitch count up, too.”

* Jorge Soler made a good first impression, hitting a solo homer in his first Major League at-bat, and adding a RBI single in the eighth. He finished 2-for-4.

“I’m real, real happy about it,” said Soler, who admitted to being a little nervous. “First time in the big leagues, first at-bat. I was very excited and happy about that.”

He’s the first Cubs player to homer in his first at-bat since Starlin Castro did so at Great American Ball Park on May 7, 2010.

* Castro made one of three errors by the Cubs in the game. In the eighth, the Cubs tallied against Jonathan Broxton on a two-run double by Javier Baez. Castro then smacked a long hit off the center-field wall, but only made it to first base while sending Baez to third. It may have proved costly as Soler then drove in Baez from third on a single before Welington Castillo grounded into an inning-ending double play.

“He feels bad,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said of Castro, who returned from the bereavement list on Tuesday. “He knows. He’s apologizing to everybody about not getting over there. He’s got a lot of things on his mind, and he’s out there doing the best he can.

“When a young man tells you he’s made a mistake, it’s very hard to do anything other than accept it,” Renteria said. “Quite frankly, there were a host of things prior to that and part of that whole ballgame that put us in the position we were in.”

Baez nearly made up for the mistake with two outs and two on in the ninth when he flew out to deep center.

“It sounded good,” Renteria said.

“I had to take a couple of steps back and I got a little scared; it sounded so loud and it was really high, but, the ball jumps off his bat no matter where he hits it to,” Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton said. “I was just talking to [someone] about how his foul balls go up in the third deck every time he hits a foul ball off to the right. The guy has some power. And he had power coming in at him; all he had to do was touch it a little bit. But we got the win and we did a good job.”

* The Cubs have homered in 11 straight games for the first time since Sept. 8-17, 2007.

– Carrie Muskat

8/24 Castro to return Tuesday

Starlin Castro, who has been on the bereavement list, will rejoin the Cubs on Tuesday in Cincinnati. Castro had returned to the Dominican Republic to be with family after a car crash killed a relative and three friends. Logan Watkins was optioned to Triple-A Iowa to open a roster spot for Castro.

– Carrie Muskat

8/21 Roster moves

The Cubs placed shortstop Starlin Castro on the bereavement list and recalled Logan Watkins from Triple-A iowa. They also placed pitcher Edwin Jackson on the 15-day disabled list with a right lat strain. Zac Rosscup was called up from Iowa. No word on who will step into Jackson’s spot in the rotation.

– Carrie Muskat

8/21 Giants 8, Cubs 3 – Wednesday’s game

* Edwin Jackson lost his 14th game of the season. He gave up seven runs on eight hits and two walks over 2 2/3 innings. It was his shortest outing since going 2 2/3 innings on Sept. 28 last year vs. the Cardinals. He’s 1-6 with an 8.52 ERA (41 ER/43 1/3 IP) in his last nine starts.

* Luis Valbuena tied a career-high with three hits (previously done, Aug. 18 vs. Mets) when he hit his 11th home run of the season in the eighth.

* Chris Valaika hit his first home run with the Cubs, a two-run shot to left field, in the second. It was his first home run since May 4 of last year.

* Anthony Rizzo has 240 total bases, third best in the NL.

* John Baker had two hits, his seventh multi-hit game of the season and first since July 13 vs. Atlanta.

* The Cubs grounded into a season-high tying three double plays, previously done, July 31 vs. Colorado.

* The Cubs lost their 15th game while recording double-digit hits. The most hits the Cubs have tallied in a loss this year is 15 (April 2 at Pittsburgh).

* Starlin Castro was scratched because of a family emergency, and was expected to be placed on the bereavement list. He could miss up to seven games.

8/17 Cubs 2, Mets 1

* Jake Arrieta threw seven scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out nine in the Cubs’ win. Since June 3, he has given up more than three runs in one start, and compiled a 2.45 ERA in that stretch. What was working? His curve, which was his strikeout pitch on his first eight Ks.

* Starlin Castro hit a game-winning home run leading off the ninth. He has hit in 15 of his 16 games, and is batting .400 in that stretch. His home run was his first career go-ahead homer in the ninth or later.

“We’ve played a lot of extra inning games, and I just wanted to go out there and be aggressive,” Castro said.

He is now one homer shy of matching his career high of 14, set in 2012.

* Javier Baez drew two walks, his first since he was called up on Aug. 5.

* Matt Szczur made his Major League debut, pinch-running in the eighth. He grounded out in the ninth in his only plate appearance.


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