Starlin Castro SS CHC 7 Hrs
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 4 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 5 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 19 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.
Starlin Castro SS CHC 5 Months
Starlin Castro went 3-for-4 with a double in a loss to the Cardinals on Friday.
Castro had three of the Cubs' five hits on the night. The 28-year-old is hitting .309 (21-for-68) with one home runs, three doubles, and five RBI over his last 17 games, but that's not enough to salvage what has been an incredibly disappointing season.
Starlin Castro SS CHC 6 Months
Starlin Castro delivered his ninth homer and his 30th double Wednesday in the Cubs' 9-7 defeat of the Marlins.
Castro has struck out just twice during his current six-game hitting streak. It'd been a dreadful year for him, but a strong finish would give the Cubs a lot more reason for optimism headed into 2014. Right now, he's at .244 with just 39 RBI and 55 runs scored in 573 at-bats.