Cubs: Starlin Castro leaves game with ankle sprain

Cubs: Starlin Castro leaves game with ankle sprain
September 2, 2014, 8:45 pm
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Starlin Castro twisted his left leg in such a gruesome way that it immediately made you think of Derrick Rose. But indications are the Cubs shortstop avoided the kind of nightmare scenario that played out for the Bulls point guard.

The Cubs breathed a sigh of relief after Castro left Tuesday night’s 7-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers with a sprained left ankle. The three-time All-Star will get an MRI and additional X-rays, but the Cubs said they’ve already ruled out a fracture.

It was a scary image at Wrigley Field, Castro sliding awkwardly toward home plate, coming up short and getting his left leg tangled up in the first inning. 

Castro had been running from second base on Jorge Soler’s RBI single, a groundball that bounced through the hole between shortstop and third base. Milwaukee third baseman Aramis Ramirez cut off the throw from left field.

[GIF: Castro leaves game early after this awkward slide]

Clearly in pain, Castro grabbed his knee for a moment, crawled in the dirt and got to his feet with the help of the team’s athletic trainers before limping off the field.

“It just looked very awkward,” manager Rick Renteria said. “Any time you see somebody cringe in pain, you kind of grab yourself a little bit. But obviously he walked himself off the field, which is a good sign. And then he was banging (his fist). He didn’t want to come out of the game. That wasn’t going to happen, but it’s a good sign.”

Javier Baez shifted over to shortstop while Logan Watkins replaced Castro and moved to second base. Welington Castillo, the on-deck hitter, got an up-close look at Castro’s slide.

“That’s a guy that doesn’t want to miss any games,” Castillo said. “I hope that he’s all right. We need him.”