Thursday August 21st, 2014

The Chicago Cubs have placed shortstop Starlin Castro on the bereavement list, according to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat.

As first reported by 670 The Score, a relative and three friends of Castro were killed in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. Castro has left Chicago to return to the Dominican.

Castro can remain on the bereavement list for a maximum of seven days, and must be on for a minimum of three days.

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The 24-year-old is hitting .284 with a .762 OPS this season, and his 13 home runs are one short of his career high. Castro was named to his third All-Star Game in July.

Infielder Logan Watkins was recalled from Triple A Iowa to take Castro's place on the roster. Watkins was hitting .256 with a .693 OPS for Iowa. In Castro's absence, second baseman Javier Baez will move to shortstop, and either Watkins or utility man Chris Valaika could play at second.

Ben Estes

 

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