Cubs star shortstop Starlin Castro sat out the first of two to three scheduled
Spring Training games on Thursday, February 28, due to tightness in the leg
that he strained while running out a ground ball in Wednesday’s game. Castro mildly
strained his left hamstring beating out a groundball that ended in an overthrow
in his third at bat of the game.
Carrie Muskat quoted manager Dale Sveum saying that Castro’s injury is
marginal. Said Sveum, “He’s fine. It'll
be two or three days, but basically it's minimal -- there's more tightness. I
don't think there's any pull. It just tightened up on him." Castro played catch in the outfield in front of
team trainers without problems, and he appeared to move well as he signed
autographs for the fans. Muskat tweeted the news to her followers:
#Cubs Castro signs autographs. Says he was able to hit in cage. Leg just feels tight yfrog.com/h632ikvj
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) February 28, 2013
The Cubs are already without third basemen Ian
Stewart and Josh Vitters for another week as they both recover from strained left
quad muscles suffered in the same game a week ago. The injuries open the door
for one of the Cubs’ top prospects Javier Baez, who has looked impressive at 4
for 10 in his at bats so far.
Castro has improved his power numbers in each of
his first three seasons with career highs in home runs (14) and RBI (78) in
2012. The Cubs are counting on his continued progression into the power hitter
that he has at times shown he can become. He signed a seven-year deal near the
end of last season, in which he played in all 162 games for the Cubs.
Carrie Muskat, Castro
Sidelined with Tightness in Hamstring, cubs.mlb.com, February 28, 2013.
Carrie Muskat, Twitter Message, February 28, 2013.
Chicago Cubs, Starlin
Castro Player Page, cubs.mlb.com.Follow @mlbinjurynews
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