Starlin Castro SS CHC 13 Days

Castro was diagnosed Wednesday with a high-ankle sprain and is expected to miss the rest of the season, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Because the recovery process for Castro's injury typically requires a four-week timetable, the Cubs aren't counting on having their star shortstop back in the fold the rest of the way. While the team won't shut Castro down completely after he expressed a desire to attempt to return this season, fantasy owners in single-season leagues probably shouldn't hold their breath on a comeback at this point. With Castro out of the picture, Javier Baez is likely to slide over from second base to his more natural position at shortstop, while Logan Watkins figures to assume regular duties at the keystone.

Starlin Castro SS CHC 13 Days

Castro (ankle) is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Brewers.

While Castro received some good news that the left ankle issue that forced him out of Tuesday's game was a sprain rather than a fracture, there's a good possibility he'll still have to miss multiple days due the injury. The Cubs are still awaiting an MRI that was expected to reveal the severity of the sprain, and once those results are announced, a better estimate of Castro's recovery timetable should become available.

Starlin Castro SS CHC 14 Days

Castro left Tuesday's game with a sprained left ankle, and while he's still being evaluated, a break/fracture has been ruled out, ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers reports.

He will still need to undergo an MRI, but the worst has already been ruled out after he slid awkwardly at home plate in the first inning of Tuesday's game. Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara are both more than capable of playing shortstop in the short term.

Starlin Castro SS CHC 14 Days

Castro left Tuesday's game with an apparent leg injury after sliding awkwardly at home plate in the bottom of the first inning, the Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales reports.

The play didn't look good, and it was an unnecessary injury as there wasn't a play at the plate. Given the Cubs' lack of incentive to win the game, there wasn't any reason to leave him in, especially with a three-run lead early against Milwaukee. Javier Baez moved to shortstop and Logan Watkins came in to play second base. We'll follow up when the Cubs announce the severity of the injury.

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Castro (personal) has rejoined the Cubs and is in the lineup Tuesday against the Reds.

Castro was on the bereavement list since last Wednesday but will start at shortstop again Tuesday. The star shortstop is batting .284/.333/.429 on the season and is nearing his career-high in home runs (14), currently sitting at 13 with just over a month left in the season.

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Castro (personal) will rejoin the Cubs on Tuesday, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

Castro has been away from the team since Wednesday while on the bereavement list, but he is ready to return this week. Expect Castro to resume his role as the Cubs' regular shortstop upon his return.

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Castro (personal) was placed on the bereavement list Wednesday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Castro will be away from the team for the next 3-to-7 days following a fatal car crash involving close friends and family in his native Dominican Republic. The Cubs have not announced who will replace Castro on the active roster.

Starlin Castro SS CHC 27 Days

Castro was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to a family emergency, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

It's uncertain whether Castro will miss additional time beyond Wednesday, but Javier Baez will move over to short in his absence with Chris Valaika stepping in at second.

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Castro hit the game-winning homer against the Mets' Jenrry Mejia on Sunday.

The homer was his 13th on the season. His numbers are essentially in line with what he did in 2012 (.286/.333/.433 this year). We have to consider that this is perhaps as good as it gets with Castro.

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FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Cubs have received trade interest in Starlin Castro, but the club doesn't plan to deal the shortstop this month.

The common thought following the Cubs' acquisition of Addison Russell is that they're likely to deal one (or more) of their middle infielders eventually. While it doesn't appear that it will happen in July, it could very well take place over the offseason. Castro has rebuilt his value with a strong 2014 season, hitting .276/.326/.440 with 11 homers and 52 RBI.