Starlin Castro SS CHC 3 weeks ago

Castro went hitless for the second straight game Monday against the Mets, striking out once and failing to reach base in four at-bats.

Castro hasn't had a multi-hit game since May 1, and only has one home run this month. In his past two games, he has three strikeouts and hasn't had an extra-base hit since April 15. So far this season, Castro's average and OPS are both down from last season, and he has a negative WAR.

Starlin Castro SS CHC 1 month ago

Castro went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBI in the Cubs' win over the Pirates on Tuesday night.

Hitting from the fifth spot in the order, Castro went deep for the second time this season. He's hitting a robust .352/.375/.481 through 13 games, while a more talented lineup around him and an opportunity serve as a run producer from the middle of the batting order has put the Cubs' shortstop on pace for 125 RBI this season. While it's unlikely that he'll continue to push ahead at that clip, Castro is shaping up to a be a nice mid-round value through the early weeks of the season.

Starlin Castro SS CHC 2 months ago

Castro went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and two RBI in Saturday's win over the Rockies.

Even after he was able to submit something of a bounce-back campaign in 2014, Castro's fantasy stock still seemed to be deflated a bit entering this season due to an off-field incident that occurred over the winter and perhaps more significantly, the presence of top shortstop prospect Addison Russell waiting in the wings in the minors. While Castro may indeed still be traded at some point to facilitate the arrival of Russell, he's at least been an asset thus far for those who took a chance on him in drafts. He's batting .375 and slotted in at the fifth spot in the order Saturday, an area that should remain fertile ground while the likes of Jorge Soler, Anthony Rizzo, and Miguel Montero hit ahead of him.

Starlin Castro SS CHC 2 months ago

Castro (groin) has done some extra defensive drills and will play in Wednesday's spring game, Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports.

Castro reiterated that he was feeling 100 percent after being scratched from Saturday's Cactus League lineup with right groin tightness. The 25-year-old felt good enough to go in Tuesday's game but the team elected to give him an extra day off, but he should now be able to go forward with no restrictions for the remainder of the spring.

Starlin Castro SS CHC 2 months ago

Castro (groin) did not play Tuesday as anticipated, but is expected to play in Wednesday's spring game, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat.

Castro felt good enough to play Tuesday, but the team decided to give him an extra day to rest his sore groin with Opening Day still almost two weeks away.

Starlin Castro SS CHC 2 months ago

Castro (groin) says he feels "100 percent" and will be able to play Tuesday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

Tuesday will be the shortstop's 25th birthday, so he's motivated to get back on the field. It sounds like the tightness, which Castro first felt Tuesday, is no longer an issue.

Starlin Castro SS CHC 2 months ago

Castro was scratched from Saturday's Cactus League lineup with right groin tightness.

The severity of the injury is uncertain, so consider Castro day-to-day until more information becomes available. It's unfortunate timing for the 24-year-old Castro, though, as he was starting to pick it up in spring action of late following a slow start, going 4-for-12 with four RBI in his last four games. Addison Russell will start and bat sixth in his absence Saturday.

Starlin Castro SS CHC 5 months ago

Castro's agent, Paul Kinzer, refuted reports that the Cubs' shortstop was detained for questioning in connection with a nightclub shooting in the Dominican Republic, the Chicago Tribune reports. "[Castro] was not arrested or detained or anything," Kinzer said. "He went to the police station to make sure they knew he was not involved. They told him they had video so they knew he was not involved."

ESPNDeportes.com reported earlier Saturday that Castro was detained and being held at the Montecristi prosecutor's office. It now sounds like he voluntarily went to police rather than being detained, but regardless, it marks the second time in less than a month Castro has been linked to a shooting in the Dominican. He was cleared of any involvement in the first incident, but Cubs president Theo Epstein is reportedly unhappy with the 24-year-old's decision making of late.

Starlin Castro SS CHC 5 months ago

Castro was arrested Saturday in the Dominican Republic for questioning in connection with a shooting that left six people injured, Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com reports.

A spokesman for the Monte Cristi police department said Castro is being held at the city prosecutor's office, and that people close to Castro participated in the nightclub shooting. The 24-year-old Castro is beginning to develop a pattern of troubling behavior, as he was linked to another nightclub shooting in Santiago, DR earlier this month that left three wounded. However, that incident was not formally investigated by Dominican authorities.

Starlin Castro SS CHC 7 months ago

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said Tuesday that Castro has recovered from his season-ending ankle injury, Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports.

A high-ankle sprain, suffered in early September, cut short what was shaping up to be a very strong second half for Castro (.329/.371/.432). The 24-year-old has evidently turned the page on the injury, as Hoyer said he is showing good mobility and has passed several running and jumping tests. Castro should be able to go through his normal offseason routine.