3/3 Castro, Stewart injury updates
Shortstop Starlin Castro was able to hit in the batting cage on Saturday and will do so again Sunday as he progresses from mild inflammation in his left hamstring. Castro said Sunday if this were the regular season, he would be able to play but he’s taking a cautious approach.
“I don’t want to be, ‘OK, I’m good,’ and then get hurt again,” Castro said. “I want to be good for 162 [games].”
Ian Stewart, sidelined since Feb. 22 with a sore left quad, was able to swing a bat and play catch on Saturday. He’ll continue to add some baseball activities to his schedule. Josh Vitters also is making progress from a sore left quad.
“We’ve come this far and I don’t want to take a chance at a setback now,” Stewart said. “We’re taking it each day and seeing what kind of progression we make from the day before and going from there.”
The Cubs had said Stewart would be sidelined 10 to 14 days, and it’s now been 10 days since he was injured.
“Honestly, I am pretty pleased with the progress we’ve made because in the beginning, it was hurting pretty bad,” Stewart said. “I thought it would be longer than that. I’m pretty pleased with where we’re at now.”
In a perfect world, Stewart would get 70 at-bats in Spring Training.
“By that point, it’d be playing every single game, every day, every inning,” Stewart said. “If that’s what it takes, that’s what it takes. If it takes a little longer, we’ll go from there.”
Cubs manager Dale Sveum had talked to Stewart about going to Minor League camp to get more at-bats before he was injured. That may be an option now, too.
“It is very frustrating,” Stewart said about being sidelined. “I worked hard this offseason, spent a lot of time away from my family this offseason, going back and forth from California to North Carolina. It is tough and I guess the only positive is that the season is six and hopefully seven months long. If you’re going to be hurt this time of year, and not something to take you away from meaningful games in the middle or latter part of the season. Hopefully, it won’t be too much longer.”
— Carrie Muskat