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Grieving Starlin Castro returns to Cubs’ lineup: “I’m all right”
CINCINNATI – Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro returned to work Tuesday with a heavy heart and a somber focus.
“It’s a really tough time, man,” said Castro, who missed the last five games to be with family at home in the Dominican Republic after suffering the loss of close friends and family in a car accident last week.
“The only guy that knows [why] is God. He knows how things happen.”
Castro, who was officially reinstated from bereavement leave Tuesday, attended church services Saturday for the four who were lost in the accident that happened on their way to a family fishing trip.
“I had to be there no matter what, to go there and take that time,” he said. “But I’m happy to get back. … I’m feeling bad, but I’m here and I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing.”
Manager Rick Renteria, who had Castro in his usual cleanup spot in the lineup Tuesday in Cincinnati, said he talked to his shortstop and is confident Castro is ready mentally.
“He looks like he’s in a good place,” the manager said.
Added Castro: “I’m all right.”