The talk at Wrigley Field continued to be second-year shortstop Starlin Castro.
While the Cubs believe Castro is a budding star, they also acknowledge there are going to be rough spots and growing pains along the way.
Castro committed three errors in one inning of Monday night's series opener against the Rockies. Tuesday night, he was back in the lineup, and manager Mike Quade decided not to say much to the 21-year-old before the Cubs fell 4-3 to the Rockies.
"Give him some encouragement," Quade said of how he handled things the day after. "He knows he didn't have a real good night, and we know he's not going to have a lot of nights like that. That's my approach. He's got a real good rapport with his infield people. And he's a confident kid. We all make mistakes. They got bunched up, and that's the tough thing. He'll be fine."
The weather warmed considerably Tuesday night. On Monday, conditions were raw and wet, and that may have played a part in Castro's fielding miscues.
"I'm not an excuse maker, but it was not the greatest of nights to play," Quade said. "It was a tough night. Every throw I watched, from their side or our side, was made with caution. That's the one thing I hope he learned from that. You might have to take a little extra time in those circumstances. We may not be able to turn the double play. We may not be able to play this thing like it's a dry day in June."
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