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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
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
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
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
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
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
* 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.
* Travis Wood is hoping the Cubs get all the dropped balls and strange plays out of their system this spring. On Tuesday, the Cubs lefty was charged with five runs on nine hits over 2 2/3 innings, with two runs scoring on singles that never left the infield. The Rockies took a 1-0 lead in the first, and with two outs in the third, Nolan Arenado was credited with a triple on a ball that center fielder Junior Lake lost in the sun. Wood gave up hits to the next five batters, including a two-run homer to Kyle Parker, before he was lifted.
“It’s going to happen, it’s part of baseball,” Wood said. “You see it every year. I’ve got to come back and help him out of the inning. I felt I made some good pitches and they put some good swings on them.”
The Rockies also got a couple breaks. Wood could only shrug after his outing.
“I said it’s just one of those days,” the lefty said. “Luckily, it happened in spring, so we can move forward from that and get ready for the next one.”
* James Russell, slowed this spring because of a tired arm, will make his Cactus League debut on Wednesday in the Cubs’ game against the Mariners. Russell has appeared in more than 70 games in relief in back to back seasons, and manager Rick Renteria said he is very cognizant of a pitcher’s usage. The Cubs do have another lefty, Wesley Wright, who could pick up some of the workload for Russell during the season.
* Javier Baez is taking ground balls at second and third before batting practice and Renteria will try to get the Cubs’ top prospect at one of those positions in a Cactus League game soon but is looking for the right shortstop to match up with. Baez will open the season at Triple-A Iowa at shortstop.
“We’re going to make sure when we do put him there we’re really comfortable and confident he can handle that side of the diamond,” Renteria said. “I think it’s pretty close.”
Darwin Barney started his second game at shortstop on Tuesday, and Renteria said that would be the most likely pairing with Baez because they want someone with experience.
* Mike Olt, who has not started at third to protect a tender right shoulder, is “getting close” to playing there in a Cactus League game. Olt did make a perfect throw on a double play in Monday’s game against the Giants, which impressed Renteria.
* Shortstop Starlin Castro, sidelined with a mild right hamstring strain since March 2, was able to do some light baseball activity on Tuesday. He was expected to get into games early next week.
* Edwin Jackson will face Minor League hitters on Wednesday at the Cubs’ complex to stay on schedule, while James McDonald gets the start that night against the Mariners. Renteria said Tuesday he has yet to talk to Jackson since his last Cactus League start March 7 when the right-hander decided to only throw fastballs, but didn’t tell either the manager or pitching coach Chris Bosio. Jackson gave up three runs on four hits over three innings against Cleveland.
“I’m sure we’ll have the discussion, and that will be between me and him,” Renteria said.
– Carrie Muskat
Starlin Castro hopes to begin running and hitting off a batting tee on Tuesday, and hoped to be back in Cactus League games by the weekend, although manager Rick Renteria said it was more likely the shortstop would return next week. Castro has been sidelined with a mild right hamstring strain suffered March 2.
“It [stinks] to be doing this,” Castro said of the rehab. “I’d rather be playing. We’ll see this weekend if I’ll be in the game.”
It’s the second straight spring that Castro has missed time because of a hamstring injury. Last year, it was his left hamstring, and the strain was more severe. He’s already thinking about what he has to do this next offseason.
“I’ll just work a little more to get stronger,” Castro said.
The plan is to begin baseball activities on Tuesday, and start taking ground balls on Wednesday.
“I don’t want to be rushed,” he said.
– Carrie Muskat