CHICAGO (AP) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro says he just wants to help the team win and is preparing the same way for games after he was removed from the starting lineup.
Manager Joe Maddon benched Castro for Friday's 7-3 victory over San Francisco, and had a similar lineup for Saturday's game against the Giants. Addison Russell was at shortstop, Chris Coghlan got the start at second and Kyle Schwarber was in left field, keeping Castro in the dugout.
The 25-year-old Castro is batting .183 in 18 games since the All-Star break. He says he was ''a little frustrated'' after he was told of the decision, but he understands.
Also Saturday, the Cubs placed catcher David Ross on the bereavement list and recalled outfielder Matt Szczur from Triple-A Iowa. Ross could return to the roster as soon as Tuesday.