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3/27 Castro: “I’ve got to be ready”

Starlin Castro will play again in a Minor League game Thursday as he continues his tune up for the regular season. Castro injured his right hamstring on March 2, and hopes to play in the Cubs’ final exhibition games Friday and Saturday at Chase Field against the Diamondbacks.

On Wednesday in the Minors, he was active.

“I hit a double, scored from second to home, hit a triple, ran the bases pretty good,” Castro said Thursday.

Is he 100 percent healthy?

“Yeah,” Castro said. “I don’t feel anything. I moved on defense yesterday, took a lot of ground balls, moving quick, feel pretty good.”

Opening Day is Monday.

“I’ve got to be ready,” Castro said. “No more time. No more Minor Leagues. I bat every time — four every day, five at-bats every day. No more Minor Leagues. The show is coming.”

– Carrie Muskat

3/25 Castro update

The Cubs’ Starlin Castro will play shortstop and get six or seven at-bats in a Minor League game on Wednesday as he continues to make progress from a strained right hamstring suffered March 2.

Castro played in the field Monday in a Minor League game, the first time he was at shortstop since he was injured running the bases. On Tuesday, he took batting practice and also did drills, getting tested in every direction, Cubs manager Rick Renteria said.

“I’m totally comfortable with his health,” Renteria said. “He’s 100 percent.”

Now, it’s a matter of getting Castro in baseball shape. The Cubs want to wait and see how he feels after Wednesday before deciding if he’ll get in a Cactus League game.

– Carrie Muskat

3/24 Castro: “I feel great”

Starlin Castro celebrated his 24th birthday on Monday by playing in a Minor League game and passed all the tests. The Cubs shortstop said he’s “real close” to being ready for a Cactus League game and expects to be ready Opening Day. He did not have a ball hit to him at short, and at the plate, did deliver a RBI single.

“I feel great, really good,” said Castro, who has been sidelined since he strained his right hamstring on March 2. “I tried to do all the moving, and I feel pretty good.”

What’s next? Castro wanted to play in another Minor League game but will take BP and do some defensive work. He’d rather play.

“I got my rhythm, have to stay in my rhythm,” he said.

How close is he to being ready?

“Really close,” Castro said. “I don’t know the day now to play in a big league game, but I can say I’m really close. I got a base hit over there and was running hard and turned and felt pretty good, didn’t feel anything.”

He tested his leg, moving on foul balls, and on balls not hit to him.

“I got a feel for where I’m at and I feel pretty good,” he said.

What else does he have to do to prove he’s ready?

“Nothing, just play the game,” Castro said. “It’s not the same intensity over there in the Minor Leagues as the big leagues.”

As for his birthday, Castro planned to celebrate with family, including his son, Starlin Jr., who will turn 1 years old on Friday.

– Carrie Muskat

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

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

3/21 Starlin Castro update

Starlin Castro is running out of time if he is going to be ready by Opening Day. The Cubs shortstop did run the bases on Thursday and is making good progress, Rick Renteria said on Friday. This Sunday will be the three-week mark since Castro suffered a strained right hamstring. There’s no time set for when Castro can get into a Cactus League game or even a Minor League game to get at-bats.

“We’re trying to get him some at-bats, possibly in the Minor Leagues first, leading off, things of that nature, and trying to get him in baseball shape,” Renteria said Friday. “He’s been doing a lot of activity but getting him out there, standing, playing five, six innings is important to us. We’re going to try to progress him as quickly as possible.”

Do the Cubs have a backup plan?

“Not even a consideration at this point,” Renteria said. “He’s doing well.”

However, the Cubs have had Darwin Barney play shortstop and also have Emilio Bonifacio and Donnie Murphy as options there.

“Right now, it’s Friday, and [Castro] went through everything extremely well, and I have nine days left,” Renteria said. “I’ve got to set up a schedule for him to participate before we can determine [if he'll be ready].”

Castro is coming off a disappointing season in which he batted .245, and has said he wants to get back to being the player who was named to the All-Star team and led the league in hits.

“He’s a guy who we all know physically we have to get in a particular type of shape,” Renteria said. “Mentally, if he’s in a good state of mind, anybody who has a sense of confidence and focus and determination, you have the ability to do a lot of things. Hopefully that will play into his ability to overcome this little setback that’s occurred this spring.”

Renteria called it a “little setback” but last spring, Castro strained his left hamstring, and only missed two weeks. He’s been out nearly three this year.

“I know he wants to play,” Renteria said. “It affected him, he hated this setback this spring, obviously. He wants to show everybody and have a comeback type season. He looks like he’s ready to get back out there on the field.”

– Carrie Muskat

3/19 Castro making progress

Starlin Castro says he’s making progress and can make up for lost time with at-bats in the Minor Leagues. Castro has been sidelined since March 2 with a strained right hamstring. He did not run on Wednesday but took ground balls and will take batting practice. It’s been a difficult spring for Castro, who spent three weeks in the Dominican Republic with the team strength coach and trained another four weeks in Florida.

“That’s still in my mind — a big year, that’s still in my mind,” Castro said. “It doesn’t go away. It’s frustrating because I came here 100 percent and get hurt and that’s why I’m frustrated. The good year that I want to have this year, it’s not going away, it stays in my mind and I think it’ll be a good year.”

He will not have another MRI on his hamstring.

If Castro isn’t ready on Opening Day, the Cubs could move Darwin Barney to short and insert Emilio Bonifacio at second.

– Carrie Muskat

3/18 All smiles

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Starlin Castro was all smiles after taking BP for the first time in Mesa.

3/18 Castro at 90 percent

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, sidelined since March 2 with a strained right hamstring, took batting practice on Tuesday for the first time and said he was running at “90 percent.” Castro, who missed two weeks last spring with a strained left hamstring, did some running but did not run the bases.

“Not the bases — I just did some turning, straight line [running], and I feel pretty good,” Castro said.

Is he 100 percent healthy?

“Almost,” Castro said. “We ran like 90 percent today.”

He’s been able to push off with his right leg without any problem.

“I did all of the workout — take ground balls, throw to first, backhand, and everything feels well,” he said.

The Cubs have less than two weeks remaining of Spring Training. Does he have a date set for when he’ll get in a Cactus League game?

“I don’t have a special day,” Castro said. “We’re getting close.”

– Carrie Muskat

3/17 Injury updates

* Mike Olt was scratched on Monday from the Cubs’ game because of fatigue in his right shoulder.

“We’re just looking to keep him healthy for the rest of the spring and available,” manager Rick Renteria said.

* Starlin Castro is continuing to make progress from a hamstring injury suffered March 2. Castro can make up for lost time by getting at-bats in the Minor League camp.

“Starlin was looking real well, and looked good at the plate,” Renteria said. “I’m not too worried about Starlin. His demeanor is pretty positive, pretty upbeat. I think he’s trying to get himself ready for the season.”

* Casper Wells was sidelined with back spasms Monday. He’s day to day.

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