When the Chicago Cubs benched their shortstopper, Starlin Castro back in August 6, it seemed like he would be away forever. From the look of things, the Cubs want Castro to take back his position because they are now more than confident that he can continue to do his magic like he used to.
Manager Joe Maddon just needed to see him play on Tuesday against the Giants to make his decision. Castro started Tuesday’s game in the second base. He showcased a very impressing performance especially when he attempted to finish the cycle.
In his statement, Maddon said that the team can never ignore Castro because they need him due to his consecutive wins. The manager reckoned that castro is in deed an All-Star player despite the fact that he has recorded a few losses this season.
“The consistent, hard contact was really nice to see,” Maddon said of Castro’s approach in Tuesday’s 8-5 win. “The fact that he’s taken so readily and easily to second base — just the way he’s handled this professionally speaks loudly to me and the whole group.
This guy is an All-Star-caliber player. He just had a hard time this year and it happens, it happens to all of us. I think he’s done everything properly. We’ll see how it all plays out.”
When the Cubs relieved Castro, his position was taken by second baseman, Addison Russell. And now that it seems like the former shortstop is slowly coming back, Russell will definitely be moved to his previous position.
Besides that, Dexter Fowler was given a break on Wednesday after he suffered a minor injury in his arm on Monday. Maddon joked about Fowler’s break by arguing that he never misses an opportunity to bench either of his boys.
“It just seemed like the right thing to do,” Maddon said of the breather. “I’m always looking for excuses to give guys a day off.”
In the mean time, David Ross will be allowed to miss three appearances. This is because the Cubs added him to their family medical emergency list. The Cubs have since taken Matt Szczur as replacement. Prior to being called up, the outfielder was playing in Triple- A Iowa.
In other news, rookie Kyle Schwarber saw his dream come true on Wednesday. Kyle recorded the most points with 2-for-4. Besides that, he earned a home run.
“I like the fact that he comes around more often, the fact that Addison is swinging the bat a lot better at the bottom [of the order] helps, also,” Maddon said. “I don’t see it as being a stretch.”
On his part, Kyle believes in utilizing the chances that come his way because there is no guarantee that he will always get a chance.
“To me there’s no different approach to the game,” Schwarber said. “You’re the first hitter, and once the game starts, you’re not the first hitter any more. I won’t have any problem with it. I’ll just approach it like it’s any other at-bat.”