Despite his recent slump, the Chicago Cubs have no plans on giving shortstop Starlin Castro a day off any time soon, as manager Dale Sveum tells ESPN Chicago's Doug Padilla. Since June 23, Castro has seen his batting average drop from .308 to .287, as he's failed to notch a single multi-hit game. Sveum still wants his shortstop playing every day though:
I was thinking about it and then the break’s coming up and we’re playing well and the defense is coming into play way more than the offense. That defense is saving us a lot of runs right now, too.
Arguably Chicago's most important player, the 22-year-old shortstop hasn't played his best over the past few weeks. Since May 11, Castro has hit just .257/.289/.388 over 218 plate appearances, plus he's gotten caught in half of his ten base-stealing attempts.