2/27 Starlin Castro – UPDATE
Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro had to leave Wednesday’s game because of tightness in his left hamstring and his status is day to day. In the fourth inning, Castro hit a ball to Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon, who made a great stop, but then overthrew first for an error. Castro pulled up as he ran down the line, and said he felt it as he touched the first base bag. The Cubs are already thin at infield with third basemen Ian Stewart and Josh Vitters both sidelined with left quad strains.
Was Castroe scared?
“Yeah,” he said. “I don’t want to be hurt, man. I feel too good this year to start the season hurt. The trainers took care of me. I think it’s not bad.”
If Castro was scared, imagine Sveum’s first reaction when his two-time All-Star shortstop looks lame.
“Not good,” Sveum said. “It’s not a good thought because it was kind of like he pulled up quite a bit. I didn’t know if it was a knee. Most guys, they grab [the hamstring]. He was just kind of hobbling. Thank God, it doesn’t seem to be a big deal at all.”
Castro played in all 162 games last season and that’s his goal this year.
“I don’t know what happened,” he said. “I worked too much in the Dominican, running a lot. Hopefully, it’ll be good.”
Said Sveum: “It was tight and he was jogging around in the trainer’s room after he got worked on a little bit. It was more tight than a pull or anything like that, so he’s just day to day. Thank God, nothing real major at all.”
Castro was listed in Thursday’s lineup but that’s subject to change.
– Carrie Muskat