Castillo gets a pass for apparent blunder

August, 18, 2012
8/18/12
5:38
PM CT
Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
Archive
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.”

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jason Hammel
WINS ERA SO IP
8 2.98 104 108
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Rizzo .283
HRA. Rizzo 25
RBIA. Rizzo 55
RA. Rizzo 67
OPSA. Rizzo .924
ERAJ. Samardzija 2.83
SOJ. Hammel 104