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Castro benched after fielding gaffe

8/17/2013

CHICAGO -– Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro was removed from his team’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals after five innings after allowing Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay to tag up from third base on a popup in short left field.

With the bases loaded and one out in the top of the fifth, Matt Carpenter hit a high popup that was ruled an infield fly while Castro camped under it. As he caught the ball, he put his head down, not noticing Jay tagging up from third. He bounced a throw in to catcher Welington Castillo, but it was late, giving the Cardinals a 2-0 lead.

Third baseman Donnie Murphy was announced as the new shortstop after the fifth inning, while Cody Ransom entered the game at third. Castro didn’t appear injured on the play, and it’s assumed he was benched.

Since entering the league in 2010, Castro has been known to make mental mistakes, including forgetting how many outs there are in an inning. He’s also slumping at the plate, hitting just .244 and currently in an 0-for-16 streak during the Cubs homestand.