CHICAGO (AP) — All-Star shortstop Starlin Castro is expected to miss the remainder of the Chicago Cubs' season with an ankle injury.
Castro left Tuesday night's 7-1 win over Milwaukee after getting hurt on a first-inning slide into home plate. Tests showed he sustained a high ankle sprain.
Castro, a three-time All-Star, was holding out hope that he could beat the four-week prognosis to return. But general manager Jed Hoyer said Wednesday the organization will move forward as though Castro had played his final game this season.
Cubs rookie Javier Baez, a natural shortstop, will shift over from second base and take Castro's place in the field.
"He's certainly going to work hard to come back," Hoyer said. "His mentality right now is that he can beat four weeks and come back, and we're not going to defeat that.
Castro was unavailable for comment before Wednesday night's game against the Brewers.
"If he does surprise us and comes back a little early, we wouldn't be against having him play again, because that would send him off into the offseason on a good note," Hoyer said.
Castro has 14 home runs, 65 RBIs and a team-high .292 batting average in 134 games this season.