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Dale Sveum suggests that Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo could be sent to Triple-A Iowa

Apr 21, 2013, 4:32 PM EDT

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Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune has the story:

Could the Cubs send Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo back to the minors for more grooming?

It doesn’t seem possible considering their status as part of the core of the rebuild, not to mention the seven-year contract extension Castro received last year.

But before Sunday’s finale against Milwaukee, manager Dale Sveum, who lost his voice shouting at ump Chris Guccione on Friday, hinted it was indeed possible.

“If people keep playing like that, you have to find options,” Sveum told reporters on Sunday afternoon. “Give people playing time at Triple-A to figure this stuff out. … The bottom line is you have to perform. Whether you need more development or you decide all those kind of things. There’s still that accountability. … Many, many people throughout the history of the game (have been demoted back to the minor leagues).”

Castro, 23, entered play Sunday batting .304 with an .802 OPS, but he has struggled defensively at shortstop. Rizzo, who’s also 23, is hitting .190 with a .299 on-base percentage through 67 plate appearances.

All that said, this feels like more of an attempt at a wake up call by Sveum than any real threat.

  1. onbucky96 - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Cubbies. Minor league baseball at a major league price.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    That’s funny.

    The rest of the league regularly call up their AAA players who are struggling to start against the Cubs and take some of the pressure off.

  3. boyofzimmer - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Ridiculous rhetoric… Maybe Sveum isn’t the manager to bring the Cubbies from point B to point A. We’ll see a new manager next year.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      Maybe Talking Castro is wrong but what has Rizzo done so farthis year? A lousy average a ton of strikeouts and some homers. Last year is over. He needs to be producing this year, unless you guys like Adam Dunn 2.0 without the OBP.

    • kollin7 - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:32 PM

      You’ll probably see a new manager next year, but Svuem is a good Manager. The guy probably has the hardest job of all the Managers in the big leagues. He has absolutely no one reliable to get him through an inning in his bullpen. His defense may be historically bad with 16 errors in 17 games, but what is he going to do? Stick another lousy fielder out there? He has nowhere to turn when times are tough.

      He said the things in this article because, it’s going to be a long summer, and he’s going to need some guys to trust. Rizzo and Castro need to be those guys, because those are the only guys who aren’t going anywhere.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:49 AM

        I agree thay Sveum is a good manager. He’s making it known that guys, no matter the pedigree, are accountable for their performance. Nothing wrong with that.

  4. jlovenotjlo - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    The “future” of the Cubs looks bright..

  5. rcali - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Funny. I was thinking the same thing about Sveum. The nerve of that guy.

  6. thebadguyswon - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Wait a minute. He believes in Sabermetrics. He must be an outstanding manager, right?

  7. tjg25 - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    The most useless non-Teblow article ever.

  8. stairwayto7 - Apr 21, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Contract that team!

  9. darkglobe1 - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Rizzo is Saint Theo’s boy. He had better pan out or things don’t look good on the north side

  10. donkeydrew - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    brewcrewfan, are you on drugs? not a cubs fan, but rizzos obp is .109 higher than his ba. how is that “adam dunn without the walks”?

  11. sfm073 - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    You’re managing a terrible team and you have a young player struggling to field his position and you suggest sending him back to the minors for more grooming? Here’s an idea, coach him up yourself or get one of your other coaches to do it. Work on it before and after every game, do whatever it takes bc sending him down isn’t the answer.

    • louhudson23 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:21 AM

      Castro is a manchild with the attention span of a 5 year old in the field. Either that or he simply can’t be bothered by trivial things like wearing his glove,keeping up with the number of outs,moving quickly to cover second base,positioning himself according to situation and pitch…..All of which has a detrimental effect on his team,none of which is a quantifiable number….Castro has no business wearing a big league uniform at this point….further proof that number generation is not the same thing as being a good player…

      • danaking - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        With an .802 OPS, it’s hard to say he doesn’t belong in the big leagues, but it’s getting plainer every day he doesn’t belong at shortstop. How long until Soriano’s deal runs out? Castro looks like the perfect replacement for him, carrying on the tradition he established.

  12. scoocha - Apr 23, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    I’m glad that everyone told me how much of a star Castro would be. Yikes!

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