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Starlin Castro entered Tuesday’s game batting .225 in July (20-for-89), with four doubles, seven RBIs, and zero home runs. Manager Rick Renteria talked to Castro on Monday about the possibility of the shortstop taking a day off.
“I think his at-bats, even though the results haven’t been what he was doing previous, his at-bats have still been pretty good,” Renteria said.
On Monday, Castro did hit a double, but he hasn’t been as productive as he was prior to the All-Star break.
“I’m not worried about Starlin,” Renteria said. “He wants to play every single day. I spoke to him [Monday], and said, ‘Hey, maybe I’m thinking about giving you a day off,’ and he went out and took a half hour of ground balls like it was the end of time. He said, ‘Do I look tired?’ He wants to play every day.
“He deserves the courtesy of me talking to him and saying, ‘Let’s get together and talk about what might be a good day [for a breather] if there’s a day.’ We’ll sit down and talk about it.”
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs have plenty of depth as far as middle infielders go, and fans often ask what the team is going to do with all of them. According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, other teams are inquiring as well. Morosi said the Cubs’ Starlin Castro has drawn some trade interest. But Morosi says sources tell him the Cubs do not plan on moving the shortstop before the Trade Deadline. Castro is in the second year of a seven-year, $60 million contract with the Cubs. Javier Baez did move from shortstop to second base on Thursday for Triple-A Iowa, and was expected to play there a little more regularly, according to manager Marty Pevey. The Cubs also have talented infielder Arismendy Alcantara, and acquired shortstop Addison Russell in the trade with the Athletics. As of today, Castro is the starting shortstop.
“The nice thing about having impact players who are athletic and can play in the middle of the field and can hit is that you have options,” Theo Epstein said when the Cubs acquired Russell. “You can never have too many shortstops. If you look around baseball, you see some of the best outfielders in the game came up as shortstops, some of the best third basemen in the game came up as shortstops, some of the best second basemen in the game came up as shortstops. Heck, some of the best first basemen in the game came up as shortstops.”
– Carrie Muskat
Starlin Castro and Jeff Samardzija were both named to the National League All-Star team. Both were elected by player votes. This is Castro’s third All-Star selection.
“After that bad year last year, that’s what we’re looking for — make it a good year this year,” Castro said in Washington after the Cubs’ game. “Make it to the All-Star Game. And come back on that level.
“[It feels] awesome,” Castro said. “Everybody in my family is happy, too. I called them right away and they celebrated at home.”
Samardzija, who picked up a win in his first start for Oakland on Sunday, will be able to attend the game as a member of the NL squad, but he will not play in the game because of the trade. The right-hander, who was 2-7 with a 2.83 ERA in 17 starts with the Cubs, will be replaced on the roster in the same way a pitcher who throws the Sunday before the All-Star Game is replaced.
“I think that the fact that he was recognized for his performance in and of itself speaks to that,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said of Samardzija. “Good for him.”
“He’s done a great job,” Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo said of Castro. “He’s not trying to hit home runs or anything. It’s not about that, it’s about getting on base and letting other guys do the job.”
Rizzo could also get to the All-Star Game but needs fans’ help. He’s one of five candidates in the Final Vote. Go to MLB.com for more info.
Castro, 24, is the third shortstop in franchise history to be selected to at least three All-Star teams, joining Ernie Banks (nine times as a shortstop) and Don Kessinger (six times). Castro is one of only six shortstops to be named an All-Star in franchise history, joining Banks, Kessinger, Billy Jurges (once), Woody English (once) and Shawon Dunston (twice).
In 2011, Castro became the youngest player in franchise history to be named to an All-Star team at the age of 22. Castro, Dunston and Kessinger are the only three Cubs shortstops to earn All-Star honors in the last 50 years.
– Carrie Muskat
* The Cubs signed veteran catcher Yorvit Torrealba to a Minor League deal, and he was to report to the team’s complex in Mesa, Ariz. A career .256 hitter, Torrealba, 35, had signed with the Angels in January, but was released on March 23. He has played for the Rockies, Giants, Rangers, Padres, Mariners, Brewers, and Blue Jays, and last season, appeared in 61 games with the Rockies, batting .240 with eight doubles and 16 RBIs. There was no timetable for how long he’ll work out in Mesa.
* The Cubs will continue to carry 13 pitchers, and so far, manager Rick Renteria said he hasn’t missed having an extra player on the bench. Most teams carry 12 pitchers.
“It’s actually possibly helped us to have the guys we have so we can gain some length,” Renteria said. “It also allows us to give guys some days off with the usage in certain instances.”
* Last season, shortstop Starlin Castro batted everywhere but fourth in the lineup, including one game when he was hitting ninth. This year, Castro has a few games at other spots, but has settled into the No. 4 spot. But Renteria says Castro isn’t a No. 4 hitter.
“He isn’t,” Renteria said Thursday. “But he’s doing well. All things being equal and looking at how they’re performing, I’ll leave him where he’s at. For us, for our club, he’s the one who seems to fit there the best.
“He’s not bothered by it,” Renteria said of Castro, who was batting .272 in the No. 4 spot. “He doesn’t think about it in any way shape or form of being the quote-unquote fourth hitter. He just sees himself as being there to hit, whether he’s in the fourth slot or the second. I don’t think he thinks about it.”
* The Cubs will wear throwback uniforms from 1964 on Friday when they play the Phillies. It’s part of a retro weekend.
– Carrie Muskat
Anthony Rizzo hit a solo homer and hit a two-run single to lift the Cubs to a 6-5 victory Friday over the Cardinals. Travis Wood picked up the win, and Welington Castillo added a two-run double. Castillo hit three doubles in the game, the first time a Cubs catcher has done that since Damon Berryhill on Sept. 16, 1990. Rizzo is batting .404 (19-for-47) at Wrigley Field in 14 games. He now has homered in back to back games for the first time since July 31-Aug. 1, 2013.
* Ryan Sweeney had to leave the game in the eighth after making a catch on the warning track. He was to have an MRI on his right hamstring. The Cubs are expected to make a roster move and most likely will add outfielder Chris Coghlan from Triple-A Iowa.
* The Cubs will make another roster move on Saturday when they add pitcher Jake Arrieta, who is scheduled to start. The team has been carrying 13 pitchers and that is unlikely to change.
* Starlin Castro is batting .417 (10-for-24) with two doubles, two homers and five RBIs in six games since moving to the cleanup spot in the lineup. The Rizzo-Castro one-two punch impressed St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright.
“I think they’ve both always been dangerous,” Wainwright said. “Rizzo’s always played us very tough, even when he wasn’t hitting other people well. He’s always taken great at-bats off us. I think he’s got tremendous talent, and Castro, how many times has he had 200 hits? A few times already. I always think he’s a dangerous hitter.”
* The Cubs now are 2-2 against the Cardinals this season.
– Carrie Muskat
* Jason Hammel wrapped up a stellar April with another quality start in the Cubs’ 4-0 win over the Brewers. He had a no-hitter through five innings, and then Carlos Gomez doubled with one out in the sixth. What happened? Hammel said he forgot the signs.
“He forgot,” catcher John Baker said of Hammel during Gomez’s at-bat. “We were laughing about it, and so of course, he gave up a hit. It cost me a watch. I should’ve figured out a way to use my mind to give him the signs with telepathy but that didn’t work.”
The last Cubs no-hitter was at Miller Park when Carlos Zambrano shutdown the Astros in September 2008.
“This is a tough ballpark to throw a no-hitter in,” said Hammel, whose career best is a one-hitter. “The ball flies in deep parts of the field. I was thinking about it, but the ‘W’ is first and foremost.”
Manager Rick Renteria agreed. How much did the Cubs need this win?
“A lot. Absolutely,” Renteria said. “You need a little bit of a confidence boost to let yourself know that hey, you’re still in there, you can still play, you can still win ballgames, you can still go out there and execute and still go out there and put yourself in a position to have a chance to win, and today we did.”
* Starlin Castro provided the offense, hitting a pair of solo home runs. He now has four homers this season, and has hit them in two games.
“I’m really happy because I think I have my mind really strong after last year,” Castro said. “I feel happy when I go to home plate and I trust myself. That’s the reason didn’t [have success] last year. Now I go and trust myself.”
* The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Cubs.
– Carrie Muskat
Starlin Castro stays in the No. 6 spot in the Cubs lineup for Tuesday night’s game against the Pirates at Wrigley Field. It’s the first game under the lights at the ballpark. Castro made his first start in the sixth spot on Sunday, and delivered a RBI double in the first. Edwin Jackson makes the start. Here’s the lineup:
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Starlin Castro has batted second and third so far this season, but on Sunday, Cubs manager Rick Renteria dropped the shortstop to the sixth spot in hopes the shortstop could drive in some runs. The Cubs entered Sunday’s game 4-for-40 with runners in scoring position in their first five games.
“It’s good, because we haven’t scored any runs,” Castro said of the switch. “That’s why I’m going to try to do something to get some more runs. It’s good. I feel good. That’s a RBI position. Maybe we’ll have men on base in scoring position.”
Renteria also wanted to take advantage of Castro’s .409 average against Phillies starter A.J. Burnett. The Cubs shortstop is 9-for-22 in his career against the right-hander.
“Maybe we’ll have a lot of guys on base and we’ll see if [Castro] can go ahead and put himself in a position to drive in runs,” Renteria said.
The Cubs manager didn’t talk to Castro before posting the lineup.
“He’s not a guy I worry about,” Renteria said.
Castro understood the switch.
“We haven’t scored runs,” Castro said. “I take [batting sixth] in a good way. We’ve left a lot of people in scoring position. I know Ricky is trying to do something.”
– Carrie Muskat