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Starlin Castro has been crucial in his new role with the Cubs

A month ago, Starlin Castro’s career in Chicago was seemingly over. The former All-Star had lost his starting job at shortstop and seemed to be the odd man out.

Now, Castro has become as important in his new role with the team as anyone else.

Since he started splitting time at second base with the occasional inning at shortstop, Castro’s bat has come alive.

Heading into Wednesday’s game with the Cardinals, Castro was hitting .353 since being benched on August 7. He’s tallied up 23 hits and six doubles over that time.

That month long stretch has been far and away the most productive month of Castro’s season. Even his counting stats like hits, doubles, and runs have been near season highs despite fewer opportunities.

The moreĀ sabermetrically inclined will notice a huge jump in Castro’s on-base and slugging percentages all while having a batting average on balls in play near expected levels.

Castro added another hit during a pinch hit appearance Wednesday.

The huge improvement in Castro’s play shouldn’t create an argument to reclaim his old position. Addison Russell has proved to be a plus fielder with his own bat coming alive.

However, as the Cubs continue to figure out who will be a part of the team going forward beyond just 2015, Castro has clearly thrown his hat back in the ring.