3/22 Castro to get at-bats today

Starlin Castro will get five or six at-bats in the Cubs’ Minor League games on Saturday. It’ll be the shortstop’s first game action since March 2 when he strained his right hamstring running the bases. If you’re watching, Castro won’t be running hard out of the batter’s box if he gets a hit, and won’t be in the field. He’ll do his baserunning drills later.

“I just need at-bats,” Castro said.

When will he be ready for Cactus League games?

“Let’s see today how it goes,” Castro said.

Last spring, he strained his left hamstring, and only missed two weeks. The difference this year is that there was more fluid in his right hamstring and more inflammation.

“I feel good, not any pain or anything,” Castro said. “Let’s see today after the game. I’ll do full baserunning [after the game] — let’s see how I feel.”

– Carrie Muskat

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