Cubs place Castro on bereavement list after family tragedy

Cubs place Castro on bereavement list after family tragedy
August 21, 2014, 4:00 pm
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The Cubs placed Starlin Castro on the bereavement list as he deals with a tragic family situation back home in the Dominican Republic.

People close to Castro were involved in a fatal car accident, and Thursday’s roster move will give the All-Star shortstop up to a week to be with his family. At minimum, it will be a three-day absence.

“He was very upset,” manager Rick Renteria said. “We just hope Starlin’s OK when he gets back.”

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While Javier Baez will play shortstop in the interim, the Cubs called up infielder Logan Watkins from Triple-A Iowa to take Castro’s roster spot, making him available for the suspended game restarting Thursday against the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field.

Castro had played in all 125 games this season before getting scratched from Wednesday’s lineup. The news was devastating.

“It’s tough,” first baseman Anthony Rizzo said. “That’s life. Anything can happen at any moment. You just got to be grateful for a lot of things.”