CHICAGO -- The Cubs have been asking a lot of 21-year-old Starlin Castro.
You wonder if they've been asking too much.
Castro is slumping, and on Tuesday manager Mike Quade dropped him to seventh in the order.
"We're trying to help the kid and get him out of a mess," Quade said before the game against the Cardinals. "I don't think four or five games with struggles is a concern, but two or three weeks can be."
Castro hit .418 in his first 15 games this year, but he's 14-for-73 (.192) with just four runs scored, five RBI and a .443 OPS in his last 17 games.
Until Tuesday, Castro was in the top third of the batting order for every game. Tuesday, Quade used Kosuke Fukudome, Darwin Barney and Marlon Byrd in the top three spots.