By Bruce Levine–
(CBS) — Cubs All-Star shortstop Starlin Castro will miss an undisclosed period of time as he addresses the personal tragedy of losing a relative and three of his best friends due to an auto accident in the Dominican Republic.READ MORE: Employee At FOUND Hotel In River North Accused Of Stabbing Man, Going Into Rage, Leaving Guests In Terror
Castro’s relative and friends were going fishing with Castro’s brother, who was driving in a different vehicle, when a truck trailer wiped out the car carrying the four men. Castro will leave Chicago for the funerals and miss Thursday’s make-up game and regularly scheduled game against the Giants, according to a friend of the players.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Weekend Warmup
The Cubs aren’t commenting publicly on the reason Castro didn’t play other than to say he is dealing with a personal matter.
Baseball has a seven-day bereavement list that Castro most likely will be eligible for.MORE NEWS: Hundreds Of Cars Roll Through Downtown For Second Night To Celebrate Mexican Independence Day
Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score and CBSChicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.