Starlin Castro out seven-10 days

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Chicago Cubs starting shortstop Starlin Castro is out seven to 10 days with a right hamstring strain.  It is a minor strain which shouldn’t keep him sidelined for the start of the regular season.

Castro had a very similar injury around this time last year, the only difference being this time it won’t keep him out as long.  Castro had to be carried off the field last year when he was hurt and it was an injury that didn’t fully heal until the end of spring training.

This time around, he is expected to make a full recovery in about a week and get back onto the field before the end of spring training.

Cubs manager Rick Renteria said in an interview regarding the injury, “It’s seven to 10 days, and we’re just being cautious with him.”

Since Starlin Castro is one of the most important players on this team, it only makes sense that the Cubs medical staff waits until he is fully ready to come back.   The injury occurred in the first inning on Sunday after he tried to steal second base.  Current second baseman Darwin Barney and prospect Javier Baez will get more starts in place of Castro while he is sidelined.

~Nick Konotopskyj

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