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Starlin Castro heads to bereavement list to be with family after fatal car crash

Cubs’ All-Star shortstop Starlin Castro has left the team to be with family in the Dominican Republic after learning Wednesday of a car crash that killed four close friends and family members who were on the way to a fishing trip.

The team placed him on the bereavement list Wednesday night, which provides for a minimum of three days off the active roster and a maximum of seven.

Teammates felt for the most tenured member of the team.

“It’s tough,” Anthony Rizzo said. “That’s life. Anything can happen at any moment. You’ve got to be grateful for a lot of things.”

Cubs manager Rick Renteria said he wasn’t sure how long Castro would be away from the team, but slugging rookie Javy Baez will take over Castro’s starting duties at short until then, the manager said.

Baez handled four errorless chances in the field in his first big-league game at short Wednesday in an 8-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

It was not immediately clear who the Cubs planned to add to the roster in the three-time All-Star’s absence, but it’s expected to be a member of the 40-man roster (such as infielder Logan Watkins).

NOTES – Mike Olt, the third baseman who struggled in 3 ½ months with the Cubs before going on a hitting tear after a demotion to Class AAA Iowa, was placed on Iowa’s seven-day DL on Wednesday because of a left hamstring strain.

— Recently acquired left-hander Felix Doubront is to make one more minor-league rehab start, for Class AA Tennessee on Sunday or Monday before joining the Cubs to start one of the games in an Aug. 30 doubleheader in St. Louis.

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