Castro (personal) was reinstated from the restricted list Friday, Matt Weyrich of NBC Sports Washington reports. The 31-year-old was placed on the restricted list Wednesday while tending to a family matter, but he'll rejoin the team ahead of Friday's series opener versus the Mets, though he's absent from the starting lineup. Castro is hitting .239/.287/.312 through 254 plate appearances this season, so there's a chance the recently promoted Luis Garcia receives some opportunities for playing time.
Castro was placed on the restricted list Wednesday so he can tend to a family matter, Maria Torres of The Athletic reports. After Castro didn't appear in Tuesday's win over the Pirates, Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Wednesday the veteran infielder will be away from the team for an indefinite period of time while he deals with the personal matter. Luis Garcia was recalled from Triple-A Rochester in a corresponding move, and he could settle into a regular role at second base against right-handed pitching. In that scenario, Josh Harrison would cover Castro's usual spot at third base. Veteran utility man Jordy Mercer will also be in the mix for added playing time at either second or third base while Castro is away from the team.
Castro will sit Tuesday against the Pirates. Castro will sit for just the second time all season despite the fact that he's hitting just .239/.287/.312 on the year. Jordy Mercer will get the start at third base against his former team.
Castro went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Sunday's 5-0 win over the Giants. Castro closed out the weekend with back-to-back games with RBI doubles, with the pair of two-baggers coming after a stretch of 22 games in which the 31-year-old provided only one extra-base hit (also a double). He's sitting on a .317 slugging percentage on the season, a woeful rate for any hitter, much less than an everyday starter at third base. If the 27-35 Nationals continue to fade from the playoff picture, it wouldn't be surprising if the team moved Castro out of his regular starting role and cleared up more at-bats for Carter Kieboom and/or Luis Garcia, who are currently playing at Triple-A Rochester.
Castro is not in the starting lineup Sunday against the Brewers, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. Castro will get at least the beginning of Sunday's series finale off. Jordy Mercer will start at the hot corner and bat eighth.
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