Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:08:21 -0700
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro has drawn trade interest, but the team has no plans to trade him this month.
Fantasy Tip: If the Cubs do trade Castro, Javier Baez would probably get called up and play shortstop. The team could also move Baez to second base eventually and have Addison Russell play shortstop.
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:53:06 -0700
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro credits manager Rick Renteria for setting the tone for his success this season. Castro said he talks with Renteria a lot, and Renteria trusts him to just play baseball.
Fantasy Tip: Castro struggled last season under former manager Dale Sveum. With Renteria at the helm, Castro appears more comfortable and his fantasy production is back to matching his skill set.
Sun, 06 Jul 2014 17:54:26 -0700
Cincinnati Reds C Devin Mesoraco and 3B Todd Frazier, Milwaukee Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy, Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman, Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Dee Gordon, New York Mets 2B Daniel Murphy, Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro, St. Louis Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter, Colorado Rockies OF Charlie Blackmon, Pittsburgh Pirates OF Josh Harrison, San Francisco Giants OF Hunter Pence and Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton have been named as the reserves for the National League in the 2014 All-Star Game.
Thu, 08 May 2014 23:35:26 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Mike Olt hit his first career grand slam in a 12-5 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, May 8. Olt homered in the game along with 1B Anthony Rizzo and SS Starlin Castro.
Fri, 02 May 2014 12:58:38 -0700
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro is hitting .450 (9-for-20) since moving to the cleanup spot in the batting order. "I think it doesn't hurt (Anthony Rizzo) to have Starlin there," manager Rick Renteria said. "Do I see Starlin as a prototypical fourth hitter? Not necessarily. It just works that way right now." Renteria says Castro is more relaxed at the plate and has a good routine with hitting coach Bill Mueller.
Fantasy Tip: It's a small sample size, but fantasy owners of Castro aren't complaining about the move, at least while it lasts.
Sun, 27 Apr 2014 15:24:05 -0700
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro hit two home runs Sunday, April 27.
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:21:56 -0700
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro was moved to second in the batting order Thursday, April 3, after he started 0-for-9 in the first two games of the season. "Putting him in the two-hole may ease it a little bit," manager Rick Renteria said. "We'll continue to do whatever we can to put him in the best position possible. We need him. We need him to be able to show his offense. Put him in the two-hole now plays a little better, that's what we'll do."
Fantasy Tip: It's not a great start for Castro, but it's only a few games. Give him some more time before you start panicking and looking for backup plans at shortstop.
Sat, 29 Mar 2014 18:35:37 -0700
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro (hamstring) was able to return to the starting lineup for the Cactus League spring game Saturday, March 29. He was hitless in two at-bats with a walk.
Fantasy Tip: The return was good news for nervous fantasy lineups, as he did not suffer any known setback and was able to play, so it appears there is little to no risk he lands on the 15-day disabled list now.
Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:36:16 -0700
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro (hamstring) is expected to return to major league exhibition games in one or both of the next two days after straining his hamstring March 2 sliding into second base. Castro has only played in two Cactus League games in camp, but he said he's now 100 percent healthy. He played the field and ran at full speed Wednesday, March 26, and he'll play all nine innings in a minor league game Thursday, March 27.
Fantasy Tip: If Castro gets through this weekend without any setbacks, he should be fine for opening day and the start of the regular season. Plan to have him in your starting lineups.
Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:52:22 -0700
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro (hamstring) said he's close to playing in a major league game and is playing defense after suffering a right hamstring strain March 2. Castro went 1-for-5 with an RBI single in a minor league game Monday, March 24.
Fantasy Tip: Barring any unforeseen setbacks, Castro expects to be ready for opening day. He hasn't received many at-bats this spring, however, so be wary of a sluggish start to the year.