2/28 Castro out 2-3 days

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro will be sidelined two or three days because of tightness in his left hamstring. Castro was able to hit in the batting cage on Thursday and took part in the team bunting tourney, beating Rafael Lopez to advance.

“He’s fine,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Thursday of Castro, who pulled up as he ran to first base on Wednesday and had to come out of the game. “It’ll be two or three days, but basically it’s minimal — there’s more tightness. I don’t think there’s any pull. It just tightened up on him.”

Castro did play catch along the right field line under the watch of the Cubs athletic trainers on Thursday.

The Cubs already are thin because of injuries to their infielders. Third basemen Ian Stewart and Josh Vitters are both sidelined with strained left quads. Sveum said Vitters is ahead of Stewart slightly in their rehabs. Both were injured Feb. 21, and both expected to be sidelined 10 to 14 days. Neither was expected to start hitting for another week, Sveum said.

— Carrie Muskat


It perplexes me how we’re a few days into spring training and have at least 3 strained quads. Is there no off-season training program? Do the professional athletes themselves not run 90 foot sprints as they ramp up for the pre-season? If they’re not expected to be in game shape…why are they playing games?

Mamma Mia gives a very good reason for strained quads, but I tend to agree with Jason. Playing a kids game for a living, even making the minimum, you still have three to 4 months off a season. Then add even at minimum Salary, your making more than most CEO’s running huge companies.
I would think that a couple weeks before ST, you could take upon yourself to start stretching, do some sprints, soft toss with your nephew and get ready to impress.
I know I never had three months off a year during my career. I never made over 60K a year. So you have athletic talent? Get it ready to use so you dont strain a quad.

I am in the area also Mamma Mia.

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