Originally written on Sports-Glory  |  Last updated 3/18/14

The Chicago Cubs are looking at their 2014 campaign and have hope that they can become a more competitive team than they were last year. One of the pieces that will have to step up in order for that to happen is Starlin Castro. He has struggled with injuries and inconsistencies over the past couple of years, but the Cubs are hoping for a breakout season this year. Currently he is dealing with an injury issue, but is apparently close to returning, according to reports. Castro said he will run the bases Tuesday, says he’s at 80 percent, very optimistic, would need 8-10 games to be ready — Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) March 17, 2014 Castro: “I think I’ll be fine on opening day.” — Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) March 17, 2014 There’s no doubt that the Cubs are hoping that he’s able to come back to full strength and be a major part of their season this year. If he’s able to stay healthy all year, he could put together a big statistical season. He will certainly be asked to take on a leadership role for this young Cubs team, and his maturity level has grown to the point where he is able to shoulder that load. Castro played in 161 games with the Cubs, recording a .245 batting average to go along with 10 homers and 44 RBI’s. Those numbers are not what the Cubs need from him, especially after committing a large amount of money to him long-term. If they are going to be able to compete in the NL Central this year, they are going to need much better stats from him. Overall, the Cubs can expect to see a much more motivated Starlin Castro this season. He has made it clear that he was disappointed with his performance last year, and wants to make a statement this year. If that truly is the case, he is primed for a big season in a year that the Cubs absolutely have to have him in. The post Chicago Cubs: What to expect from Starlin Castro appeared first on Sports Glory.

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  • So, what we can expect from Castro is more professional attitude toward his job? Well, I guess that's a start.

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