Chicago Cubs budding superstar Starlin Castro fell to the ground after being nailed by a fastball by Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto during the Cubs’ 4-3 loss.
The ball drilled his left forearm, nearly missing his elbow. Castro collapsed to the dirt, wiggling in pain as he clutched his elbow.
The heart of Cubs fans collectively skipped a beat as they watched their best hitter examined by trainer Mark O’Neal and the rest of the Cubs medical staff. But Castro ended up jogging down to first base, remaining in the game. Castro wore a protective guard over his left forearm for his next at-bats.
“I feel like it broke my whole arm,” Castro said to the media after the game. “But after going to the ground and then running the bases, the hurt was gone. I feel good.”
His beaning comes a couple days after Cook Country Prosecutors said that they would not file criminal sexual assault charges against him after the late September 2011 incident.
“I’m very good. I’m ready for tomorrow, of course,” he said, referring to tomorrow’s game against arch rival St. Louis.
And you better believe him.
Castro is hitting pretty well so far, with a .356 average in 63 plate appearances. He has also shown more power, hitting a couple bombs that were blown down by the fierce Wrigley Field wind.
Castro has already swiped seven bases, after stealing just 22 last year. The rising star is an elite contact hitter, and if he can develop some home run power, we all know he will be something special.
He has been everything but elite in the field, with seven errors in 15 games. A lot of his mistakes have been mental ones which we can partially contribute to age and inexperience, remember he’s only 22. Castro has pretty good range, a good, but erratic throwing arm and decent camaraderie with second baseman Darwin Barney.
If Castro can limit the mental breakdowns, make routine plays, and improve his double play turning skills, he will be an above average fielding shortstop.
Look for Castro to be hitting third tomorrow against Jaime Garcia.