According to multiple reports, Starlin Castro will not play again this season. Castro is still in a walking boot and with only four games remaining on the schedule Rick Renteria said Tuesday it would be difficult for him to return this year.
Starlin Castro has not stopped rehabbing the sprain left ankle that appears to have ended his season on Sept. 2. But Castro has not resumed baseball activities, which signals the end of his year without the coaching staff having to say a word to the Cubs three-time All-Star shortstop.
When Castro spoke with the beat writers after spraining his ankle he said he was determined to play again this year, even if it was for only a couple of games. Last week Castro was thinking he might be able to play the entire series at Miller Park.
Starlin Castro quieted a lot of critics this season. Castro hit .292/.339/.438 with 33 doubles, a triple, 14 home runs and a .777 OPS in 134 games. Castro earned a spot on the National League All-Star squad and made huge steps defensively. Castro was charged with 15 errors.
Starlin Castro hit .329/.371/.432 in 40 games after the break with seven doubles, three home runs and an .804 OPS. And he finished the season with a nine-game hitting streak.
The front office has maintained Starlin Castro is the Cubs shortstop moving forward. But that will not silence the rumors this off-season when the Cubs are connected to teams looking to acquire a shortstop and have the pitching to make a deal with the Cubs.
Anthony Rizzo had a good night at the plate Tuesday, despite not running out of the box on what he thought was a game winning home run in the 10th inning. Rizzo went 3-for-5 with a double and scored the winning run on Welington Castillo’s single off Pat Neshek.
With the three hits Tuesday night, Rizzo set a career-high for hits in a single season. Rizzo has 144 hits in 136 games surpassing the 141 hits he recorded a year ago in 160 games. Rizzo has set career-highs in his second full season in the majors in hits (144), runs scored (87), total bases (265) and home runs (31) even with missing three weeks of the year.
During an interview with Bruce Levine and Wayne Randazzo last Saturday on Inside the Clubhouse (670 The Score), he talked about the adjustments he’s made this year with hitting left-handed pitchers.
“I have to credit Eric Hinske a lot too,” Rizzo told Bruce Levine and Wayne Randazzo. “Talking to him a lot about at bats, especially early on in the year, and approach. And Bill Mueller and [Mike] Brumley, they have really helped as well. Hinske is just removed from the game last year so he still knows, he still has that feeling. Having Bill Mueller who has won a batting title and Brumley is a great hitting coach, so just talking to those guys constantly about individual at bats. ‘Hey, do you think I should have swung here? I was a little too aggressive.’ Especially against lefties it’s just simplifying everything and trying to be as short as possible.”
Anthony Rizzo has hit .300/.407/.507 with five doubles and eight home runs for a .914 OPS against southpaws this year.
“It’s easier said than done,” Rizzo added. “But I am happy with the way I’ve adjusted to lefties but can always, always get better.”
Pat Hughes, the Voice of the Chicago Cubs, is being enshrined into WGN Radio Walk of Fame on Thursday, Sept. 24. The public ceremony will begin at 3:00pm outside of the Tribune Tower Studios.
720 WGN is expected to carry the ceremony live on the air.
The Cubs radio contract with 720 WGN expires Sunday. Starting next year, Cubs games will be carried on the team’s new radio partner, WBBM-AM.
Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer will move from WGN to WBBM with the Cubs and continue calling games throughout the 2015 season.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
For the fourth straight season, Stadium Journey ranked the Myrtle Beach Pelicans as the best stadium experience in the Carolina League. And the Cubs new High-A affiliate was ranked in the top 25 for the best stadium experience in all of professional sports in 2013.
South Bend Cubs
The organization’s new Low-A affiliate has a press conference scheduled for Thursday to formally announce signing a four-year player development contract with the Cubs. South Bend is expected to announce the nickname change from the ‘Silver Hawks’ to the ‘Cubs’ and introduce a new color scheme for the team.
Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod are expected to attend Thursday’s press conference.
This Day In Cubstory
1984 – The Cubs won the National League East with a 4-2 victory over the Pirates behind Rick Sutcliffe at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. The Cubs won the flag behind Sutcliffe’s 14th straight win.
1979 – Herman Franks resigned as manager of the Cubs and was replaced by Preston Gomez. Franks criticized a number of Cubs players on his way out the door including Barry Foote, Mike Vail, Bill Bukcner and Ted Sizemore.
1976 – Bill Madlock suffered a concussion after being mugged in New York, Cubs lost that day’s game 4-3.
1975 – Joe Wallis broke up Tom Seaver’s bid for a no-hitter with a two-out single in the ninth. The Cubs won the game 1-0 in 10 innings
1971 – Milt Pappas struck out the side in the top of the fourth inning on nine pitches. Pappas struck out Greg Luzinski, Don Money and Mike Anderson in what is considered a perfect inning. Pappas lost the game to the Phillies.
1971 – Kevin Millar, born
1970 – Cubs kept pace with the Pirates in the NL East Pennant race with a 7-1 victory over the Cardinals behind Ken Holtzman. The win kept the Cubs within 2 1/2 games of the Pirates. But two straight losses ended the season and gave the Pirates the flag three days later.
1964 – Rafael Palmeiro, born
1947 – Cubs released Stan Hack
1943 – In his big league debut, Andy Pafko drove in four runs with a double and a single in three at bats and led the Cubs to a 7-4 victory over the Phillies at Wrigley Field. Due to the weather, only 314 were in attendance for a game that was called after five innings.
1908 – The Cubs lost to the Giants 5-4 on the day after Merkle’s Boner. The two teams found out the controversial game would be declared a tie.