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.

Report: Glen Perkins will retire from baseball

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According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Twins GM Thad Levine told 1390 Granite City Sports that reliever Glen Perkins will retire.

Perkins, 34, has battled shoulder injuries over the last two years, limiting him to a total of 7 2/3 innings between 2016-17. His decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the circumstances. The Twins declined his $6.5 million club option back in October, making him a free agent.

Across parts of 12 seasons, all with the Twins, Perkins compiled a 3.88 ERA with 120 saves and a 504/158 K/BB ratio in 624 1/3 innings. He ranked among baseball’s best closers from 2013-15, racking up 102 of those saves with a 3.08 ERA. The lefty made the American League All-Star team in each of those three seasons.