(CBS) Starlin Castro has improved defensively at shortstop this season, but he continues to have mental lapses.
The latest came Monday, when Castro forgot how many outs there were and failed to throw the ball to first base to complete a double play with the bases loaded. Manager Dale Sveum was immediately shown on television shaking his head, so it wasn’t a surprise when he delivered an ultimatum to his shortstop after the game.READ MORE: Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine More Than 90% Effective At Protecting Kids
“It’s the last straw,” Sveum said. “He better start getting his head in the game, period.”
Despite elite skill, Castro continues to make baserunning and fielding mistakes and is earning a bad reputation.READ MORE: Suburban School Cafeteria Worker Turned Into A TikTok Star With Lunch Break Videos During The Pandemic; ‘People Like To Watch People Eat’
“It’s not acceptable,” Sveum said. “These things have to stop happening, or we’re just going to stop playing him. These kind of things are things my son does in high school.”
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“It’s very embarrassing,” the shortstop said. “This can’t happen. I apologize to my team because that kind of thing is not supposed to happen.”