Chicago Cubs Manager Dale Sveum on Starlin Castro: 'It's the Last Straw'

Kenny DeJohn@@kennydejohnAnalyst IIIJune 4, 2012

As if the Chicago Cubs' 18-36 record was not enough, now Dale Sveum's comments regarding Starlin Castro can give Cubs fans further reason to throw in the towel and accept a lost season yet again.

During Monday's 3-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants, Castro went 0-for-4 and made a key mental mistake that ended up costing the Cubs the game.

Castro thought that there were two outs on a potential double-play ball in the fifth inning. Instead of making the throw to first base after making the first out at second base, Castro began to jog off the field.

The Giants, who had the bases loaded, tied the game on the play.

Sveum had this to say to Castro:

Sveum's message for Starlin: “It’s the last straw. If he wants to play, he better start getting his head in the game. Period.” #Cubs

— Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) June 4, 2012


If Castro is benched for any period of time—whether it be for one game or one week—reserve infielder Adrian Cardenas will likely take his place.

Even with the mental error, there's no replacing Castro's production at the plate.

Through 53 games this season, Castro is hitting .310/.325/.431 with four homers and 32 RBI.