3/23 Castro makes progress
Starlin Castro will spend Sunday in the Minor Leagues, getting at-bats to make up for time missed because of a strained right hamstring. Castro was injured March 2 in the Cubs’ third Cactus League game while running the bases, and got seven at-bats on Saturday in a Minor League game.
“If he does well, we’re looking to get him some Minor League defensive innings also,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Sunday.
Castro is running out of time to be ready by Opening Day as the Cubs head into the final week of Cactus League games.
“We have to make sure we’re careful with him,” Renteria said. “He came in today and was all smiles, which is good. I’m glad he wants to play it out. We know baseball fitness is another component of the recovery process.”
Castro strained his left hamstring last spring, and only missed two weeks, and was ready for the start of the season. The Cubs have played Darwin Barney and Donnie Murphy at shortstop this spring to prepare in case Castro isn’t ready.
– Carrie Muskat