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Starlin Castro back in Cubs’ lineup Sunday after Saturday benching for botched sac fly

Aug 18, 2013, 1:40 PM EDT

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Cubs manager Dale Sveum pulled Starlin Castro from Saturday’s 4-0 loss to the rival Cardinals after the shortstop took a lackadaisical approach to a fifth-inning infield fly, allowing a run to score. But Castro is back in action for Sunday’s series finale and Sveum is ready to put the incident behind him.

“The way I look at it is obviously, he had enough punishment, if that’s the right word or not, but I think to be embarrassed on national TV and what has been written in the paper today, I think that’s plenty enough,” Sveum told MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat on Sunday. “These kind of things happen from time to time, they’re getting less and less. I don’t think this kid can get better by not playing today and understanding the adversity that we all go through in the game.”

Castro is batting just .244/.278/.345 in 122 games this season, which has made his defensive miscues stand out even more. If you want a replay of that botched play from Saturday, follow this link (it’s not embeddable).

  1. Old Gator - Aug 18, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Okay, I think I recall that this happened to Starlin once before, too. I don’t really follow the Cubs much, since I have my own awful team to root for and their mistakes are more than enough to keep me occupied. This kid was supposed to be one of the new generation of core players the Cubs were going to build their competitive team of the future around, wasn’t he? He seems to be catching an outsized share of the flack for the team’s poor performance recently – or does he really deserve it?

  2. boomer1451 - Aug 18, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    He has definitely underperformed and no, I don’t think he is catching more heat than any other player for their lack of production….Castro’s problems are bc of these types of mental mistakes. As a hopeful team leader they should never happen. Leaders step up during adversity, not mentally shutdown. As passionate as Cubs fans are, its more blue collar worker type attitude. Meaning they can forgive a down season in stats but you better not give up, show no hustle or act carelessly…. Plus Soler is crushing the minor leagues and clearly every player on the Cubs roster is replaceable so Castro should be worried about his job

  3. insidefastball - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    I hate to say it…..but it might already be time for the Cubs to move on. This guy does not seem to have the commitment, the focus, or the attitude necessary to continue to perform at a high level.

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