The Washington Nationals placed the Dominican infielder Starlin castro on his restricted list, a move that generally takes the player off the active roster without pay, general manager Mike Rizzo said Wednesday.
At his daily press conference, manager Dave Martinez said the move was made to allow Castro to deal with a family situation, but he declined to elaborate.
“Family is very important,” Martinez said before Wednesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Washington. “We will give him support and we hope that he can be back as soon as possible,” added the Puerto Rican pilot.
“He has to solve something at home and he needs time. We need him and we will be waiting for him,” Martinez said.
The restricted list is essentially an excused but unpaid absence, although in certain circumstances a club may choose to pay the player while on the restricted list. To include a player on the restricted list, the application must be approved by the Major League Baseball commissioner.
Players who violate certain rules or commit acts of indiscipline are generally those who go to the restricted list, although the reasons may vary.
From the words of Martínez, it is intuited that, in this particular case, the player and the team reached that agreement so that the Nationals can use that space on their rosters (40 and 26), while Castro is absent. .
“We studied all the options and this one looked the most appropriate,” Martinez said.
Another Dominican, the young Luis García, was called from the AAA branch in Rochester to fill the vacancy left by Castro. Garcia, 21, was the previous term’s Player of the Week in the Triple-A East. He hit two hits in 12 at-bats in two previous stints on the big team.
Castro, 31, is a 12-year major league veteran and is hitting .239 with two home runs and a .599 OPS in 254 trips to the plate this season, the second of a two-year, $ 12 million deal. . Initially a shortstop, Castro has played middle and third base in the second half of his career.
The four-time All-Star from Dominican Republic is hitting .278 with 137 home runs and a .728 OPS with the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Miami Marlins and Nationals.