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.

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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.

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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.

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Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score and CBSChicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.