I’ll get into the particulars of what this means later, but here’s the gist:
Cubs GM Jed Hoyer says Starlin Castro's high ankle sprain is expected to be a season-ending injury.
— Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) September 3, 2014
That sucks. High ankle sprains are notoriously tricky to overcome, though Castro will have plenty of time to rest and recover between now and Spring Training. There’s your silver lining, if you’re grasping for one.
It was a hell of a bounce-back year for Castro, who had been crazy hot since the start of August. Tough way to end the season for the young man, what with the family/friend tragedy, and then this. Hopefully he has a lot of good people around him this offseason, and comes back ready to continue his impressive and continuous improvement next year.
The short version of the implications: we’ll likely see a lot of Javier Baez at shortstop the rest of the way, with Logan Watkins – and maybe even Arismendy Alcantara – seeing time at second base.
I know the wins don’t really matter right now, but this news, paired with the Anthony Rizzo news, really bums me out.