Starlin Castro excused from Cubs after death of cousin and three friends in car accident

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Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro was a late scratch from Wednesday night’s game against the Giants because of what was being called a family emergency. Now the heartbreaking details are out …

Word is the relative was a cousin and that Castro had a close relationship to all four of the people who died in the accident. The Cubs are likely to place Castro on the bereavement list before Thursday’s series finale.

Yusmeiro Petit pitched shortly after his mother passed away on Monday

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Athletics reliever Yusmeiro Petit found out his mother passed away on Monday prior to his team’s game against the Rangers, Martin Gallegos of The Mercury News reports. Petit decided to pitch anyway, turning 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, limiting the Rangers to just one hit.

Manager Bob Melvin said, “I was amazed. Didn’t expect it.”

It’s admirable — though certainly not expected — when a player pitches shortly after suffering a personal loss. Some people like adhering to their routine while grieving.

Petit was added to the bereavement list on Tuesday. He will spend some time away from the team for the funeral. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Petit family.