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Thu, 02 May 2013 10:51:08 -0700
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro batted fifth for the second straight contest on Wednesday, May 1, but manager Dale Sveum said the change was so that the Cubs could take advantage of 3B Cody Ransom's historically good performance against southpaws. Entering that game, Ransom was 6-for-16 with three home runs against left-handers; Castro was batting .206 against left-handed pitching. Castro has a career .303 batting average when batting fifth and a .299 BA when batting second.
"I see (Castro) as a two-hole hitter," Sveum said. "When everything is set correctly, he's really a two-hole hitter. A lot of times you'd like a left-handed hitter there to hook the ball, and right-handed catchers have trouble throwing when a left-handed hitter is in the batter's box." Sveum suggested that could change down the road. "On our team right now, he's a two-hole hitter. Obviously, he's a hand-eye coordination guy who will put the ball in play and doesn't walk much so maybe he's more apt to hit at the bottom of the order because he can hit into some double plays and things like that. For the team we have now, he's the second hitter."
Fantasy Tip: Castro's sheer ability with the bat should dictate that he never hits at the bottom of any order besides an All-Star team's. It can be tiresome for managers to answer questions about every little change they make, but it comes with the territory. Anyway, this is highly unlikely to affect Castro's fantasy output negatively.
Wed, 24 Apr 2013 06:36:12 -0700
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro is hitting third in the lineup Wednesday, April 24.
Tue, 23 Apr 2013 00:09:39 -0700
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum came out and said players would not be tolerated on the team if they engaged in lackluster play, even singling out SS Starlin Castro and 1B Anthony Rizzo. The players were mentioned as part of Sveum's overall disappointment with errors and bad hitting, among other categories.
Thu, 28 Mar 2013 00:16:33 -0700
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro left the team to be with his girlfriend for the birth of their first child. He is expected to rejoin the team Friday, March 29, or Saturday, March 30, in Houston, according to manager Dale Sveum.
Wed, 13 Mar 2013 11:17:51 -0700
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro (hamstring) is back in the lineup Wednesday, March 13, for the first time since injuring his hamstring Feb. 27.
Wed, 13 Mar 2013 08:47:27 -0700
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro (hamstring) is back in the lineup Wednesday, March 13.
Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:32:39 -0700
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro (hamstring) and INF Brent Lillibridge (groin) did some running Monday, March 11, and both are expected to return to spring action Wednesday, March 13.
Tue, 05 Mar 2013 14:22:17 -0800
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro (hamstring) ran and took grounders at shortstop Tuesday, March 5, but he's not expected to play in a game until Monday, March 11. "It's kind of a non-issue now," manager Dale Sveum said. "Because we have the luxury to do it, we're going to make sure he's completely healthy, even though he's completely healthy now. He'll get plenty of playing time going into the season so there's no reason to rush it."
Sun, 03 Mar 2013 09:59:56 -0800
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro (hamstring) hit in the batting cage Saturday, March 2, and was expected to do so again Sunday, March 3.
Sat, 02 Mar 2013 18:56:27 -0800
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro (hamstring) underwent an MRI which revealed some minor inflammation in his hamstring. Castro is scheduled to field ground balls Sunday, March 3, and is expected to play in spring training games in three or four days.