Starlin Castro SS CHC 6 Hrs
Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Monday that Starlin Castro (hamstring) will not return to game action until next week.
Castro said Monday that he's hoping to return by the weekend, but Renteria would prefer that he doesn't push things too soon. Either way, he's making progress and Opening Day remains likely if he can any setbacks.
Starlin Castro SS CHC 2 Days
Starlin Castro (hamstring) said Friday that he hopes to resume baseball activities early next week.
The 24-year-old shortstop reiterated this his goal for the 2014 season remains to play in all 162 games for the Cubs, and that he plans to be "100 percent for the season." His fantasy value has been discounted substantially after a highly disappointing 2013 season and the early injury in camp.
Starlin Castro SS CHC 3 Days
Starlin Castro said Friday that he doesn't "feel any hurt or tightness" in his right hamstring.
Castro tweaked the hamstring on a slide Sunday and was given a 7-10 day timetable to return to action. It sounds like he won't have trouble meeting that timetable. "It feels much better," the shortstop added.
Starlin Castro SS CHC 7 Days
Starlin Castro (hamstring) will be out 7-10 days.
Castro suffered a strained right hamstring when he slid awkwardly into second base during Sunday's Cactus League game against the Royals. Javier Baez, Darwin Barney, and Emilio Bonifacio will see time at shortstop while Castro is out. As long as the hamstring strain doesn't linger past the suggested timetable of 7-10 days, Castro should be fine for the start of the 2014 regular season.
Starlin Castro SS CHC 8 Days
Starlin Castro left Sunday's game against the Royals due to an apparent injury.
He was apparently injured on a slide into second base in the first inning before being removed prior to the second inning. The Cubs should provide more on Castro's status shortly. He was replaced at shortstop by Javier Baez.
Starlin Castro SS CHC 22 Days
Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Sunday that he's looking at Starlin Castro as the team's leadoff hitter.
Castro is far from an ideal fit given his career .322 on-base percentage and lowly .284 OBP last year, but the Cubs don't really have any great options. Emilio Bonifacio figures to hit at or near the top of the order when he's in the lineup, but he's expected to fill a super utility role for now. The news doesn't really change Castro's fantasy outlook much, as he was almost surely going to bat either first or second.
Starlin Castro SS CHC 3 Months
Starlin Castro spent three weeks this offseason in the Dominican Republic working with a Cubs' strength coach in an effort to improve his speed an agility.
"There's no reason he can't be a little faster and can't have more range," general manager Jed Hoyer said. Castro is coming off a disappointing 2013 campaign that saw him bat just .245/.284/.347 with 10 homers and nine steals. If he's committed, the 23-year-old is a good bounce-back candidate.