Mike Quade isn't guaranteed to manage past this season, but he's not managing like it.
Quade, who took over for Lou Piniella, is a candidate for the Cubs' managerial position, if a longshot. Still, he benched rookie shortstop Starlin Castro for Monday's game after Castro didn't run out a grounder that ended up being a double play ball in Sunday's 18-5 loss to the Mets.
Castro apparently forgot how many outs there were in the inning, slowing up on his grounder and getting doubled up.
"Do you want to scream and yell about it? No," Quade told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune . "I want the guy to take a step back and take a look at what goes on around here from a different perspective … Give himself a chance to clear his head and figure out exactly how he can compartmentalize all the different tasks that go with that position and playing at this level. I think a break will help him."
Castro is hitting .363/.388/.493 since the All-Star break and is one of the leading candidates for the National League Rookie of the Year (more on that later).
Darwin Barney is starting at short for the Cubs against the Astros on Monday.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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