MLB notes: Cubs lose Castro for season

Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro reacts during an at bat against the New York Mets during the...

Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro reacts during an at bat against the New York Mets during the fifth inning at Citi Field on August 15, 2014. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

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Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is likely out for the season after suffering a high ankle sprain on Tuesday.

Castro left the game against the Milwaukee Brewers in the bottom of the first inning when he sprained his left ankle while sliding home to score a run during a four-run Cubs inning.

Cubs manager Rick Renteria said after the game that an MRI did not reveal a fracture. The recovery period is usually four weeks.

"It just looked very awkward," Renteria said. "Any time you see somebody cringe in pain, you grab yourself a little bit."

The 24-year-old National League all-star was hitting .292 with 14 home runs and 65 RBIs in 134 games this season.

Cubs rookie Javier Baez will likely take over shortstop duties.

JETER STAYING NO. 2

The headlines blared through New York area newspapers, calling for manager Joe Girardi to fix the Yankees' lineup issues by dropping captain Derek Jeter from the No. 2 spot.

Then Girardi was questioned numerous times before Tuesday's 9-4 loss against the Boston Red Sox and he remained firm in his comments of not dropping Jeter in the lineup.

"For the first four months of the year, he was probably one of our consistent hitters, one of the three-most consistent hitters in our club," Girardi said. "I consider us to be in playoff mode right now because we obviously need to win games and throughout his career, he's been clutch. He's a hot topic as always because of who he is, but there's other issues that we need to be better as well."

The only pressure seems to come from columnists and some segments of Yankee fans and not from the front office.

"He's going to be the focal point because of who he is," Girardi said. "I think people talking about moving him but in saying that, you look up and down our numbers, there's a lot of .230s and .240s, so I'm not sure why he's the one being picked on."

Jeter went 1-for-4 with an infield single and is batting .261 after batting .204 last month. That was his second-lowest average in a single month, with the worst month coming in the first month of 2004, when he was hitless in 32 at-bats and batted .168.

GOOD NEWS FOR GOMEZ

The good news is that Carlos Gomez's left wrist injury isn't as serious as feared following an examination this week.

But the Milwaukee Brewers centre fielder will be sidelined for at least a week and possibly more, still a blow to a slumping team now chasing St. Louis in the National League Central race.

"There's no structural damage, which is really good but it's a sprained left wrist and it is going to take some time," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said prior to Tuesday's middle game on a series with the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. "So he's not going to swing a bat for a week."

Gomez was hurt on a swinging strike Sunday at San Francisco and left the game. He was batting .282 with 21 home runs and 65 RBIs when the injury occurred and hasn't played since.

JASO CLOSE TO RETURN

John Jaso took a big step in his comeback from a concussion that landed him on the seven-day disabled list.

The Oakland Athletics catcher took batting practice on the field Tuesday, joining his teammates before their 6-5 loss to the Seattle Mariners.

"We haven't talked about a day, but I think that coming back in the near future is definitely a very good possibility," Jaso said before taking batting practice.

Last year, Jaso suffered a season-ending concussion and didn't appear in a game after July 24. This season, he has been battling concussion symptoms since Aug. 8 when he took a hard foul ball off his mask. He tried to fight through the symptoms but finally went on the DL and didn't accompany the A's on their recent road trip.

Jaso is batting .264 with 18 doubles, three triples nine home runs and 40 RBIs this season. Before going on the DL retroactive to Aug. 24, he had been a fixture in the lineup against right-handed pitchers.

BOCHY'S SON JOINS GIANTS

Bruce Bochy became the seventh manager in major league history to manage his son after the San Francisco Giants called up right-handed reliever Brett Bochy on Tuesday.

It is the first major league call-up for Brett, who was in training camp with the Giants the past two years and has a 3.83 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 35 games for Triple-A Fresno this season.

The last time they shared a major league clubhouse during the season was when Brett served as the bat boy for Bruce's San Diego Padres.

"I was running around stealing all the seeds and gum. Now I have to worry about doing a job and getting guys out," Brett said. "I was surprised, honoured and grateful to have the opportunity to be up here."

Bruce, 57, said he would "cherish the memory" of having his 27-year-old son on the same big league team.

Brett was drafted by the Giants in the 20th round in 2010 despite coming off Tommy John surgery.

BRIEFLY

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia missed his fourth straight game because of concussion-like symptoms ... Atlanta Braves left fielder Justin Upton sat Wednesday after sustaining a bruised triceps muscle when hit on the left arm by a pitch Tuesday night ... Oakland A's closer Sean Doolittle, dealing with a strained right intercostal muscle, played long toss Wednesday as he continued to make solid progress in his recovery ... Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche didn't play for the second straight game because of lower back tightness ... The Pittsburgh Pirates designated outfielder Michael Martinez for assignment.


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