Castillo gets a pass for apparent blunder


CINCINNATI -- An apparent base-running gaffe Saturday from Chicago Cubs rookie Welington Castillo did not receive the same wrath usually reserved for mental miscues made by teammate Starlin Castro.

Representing the tying run in the ninth inning of Game 1 in a doubleheader, Castillo appeared to lose track of the ball and didn’t move into scoring position after an RBI single against Reds closer Aroldis Chapman. Reds left fielder Xavier Paul had trouble tracking down the ball, which looked to give Castillo plenty of time to take an extra base.

Castro made a base-running blunder during the last homestand as he lost track of the ball while stealing a base with the Cubs down five runs. He was eventually thrown out at third base with ease. Afterward, Sveum manager Dale Sveum said he was thinking about benching Castro for the lapse but never did it.

Sveum was fine with Castillo’s decision to stay put.

“Well, I know what happened on it,” Sveum said. “He can’t run so that’s what happened on it.”

Asked to clarify, Sveum revealed that Castillo has been dealing with an injury that nearly required Steve Clevenger to catch both games of Saturday’s doubleheader.

“He has a little foot problem,” Sveum said. “I was just happy he got out there anyway today.”