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Cubs’ Starlin Castro (hamstring) more than a week from return
MESA, Ariz. – Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro says his injured left hamstring feels good enough to predict a return to games this weekend, but team officials say not so fast.
In fact, an injury characterized as “mild” and less severe than last spring’s injury to the other hamstring, appears to have him sidelined longer than the two weeks he missed last spring.
“We want him ready for April,” manager Rick Renteria said of the team’s cautious approach, which is expected to carry a running program through the weekend before the team considers putting him in the lineup, possibly sometime next week.
Castro, who was injured trying to steal second base March 2, is to start running and hitting off a tee Tuesday and possibly take some grounders a day or two after that for the first time since getting hurt.
The team originally estimated the timetable for Castro’s return at seven to 10 days.
“It just sucks doing [rehab], “he said. “I’d rather be playing every day.”
Despite last year’s spring injury, Castro played 161 games during the season, after playing 162 the year before.