Two hours before Wednesday’s game against the San Francisco Giants, the Chicago Cubs scratched shortstop Starlin Castro from the starting lineup. It was just the second time Castro was not in the starting lineup this season.
The reason for the scratch was a death in Castro’s family. There was a car crash that killed four friends and family member. He will travel to his native Dominican Republic to take care of his affairs. He was placed on the bereavement list and will miss three to seven days.
“It’s a family tragedy, so we’ll just take it one day at a time,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said after the game, which the Cubs lost 8-3.
Javier Baez, who has been playing second base since his callup from Tripe-A Iowa, moved over to shortstop, the position he has played the majority of his time in the minors. Chris Valaika started at second.
Castro has been enjoying a bounce-back season after struggling last year. He is batting .284/.333/.429 with 13 home runs and 64 RBI. He also made the All Star team.
The Cubs have not announced who they will call up to take Castro’s spot on the roster.
This could hasten the promotion of Jorge Soler, one of the Cubs’ top prospects. Arismendy Alcantara came up for just a two day stint while Darwin Barney was at his wife’s side after she gave birth, and he ended up staying on the club, playing centerfield.