After the first inning of the Cubs’ Spring Training game against the Royals, top prospect Javy Baez entered the game at shortstop. There was one problem: He wasn’t supposed to yet. Starting shortstop Starlin Castro had exited the game after straining his hamstring on a stolen base attempt. Following being hit by a pitch, Castro made a break for second, but was thrown out and was seen limping off the field.
Baez ended up going 2-for-3 as Castro’s replacement, leading many Cubs fans to believe he would be the next to step up and make his long-awaited debut. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com has heard otherwise though.
#Cubs Starlin Castro will be sidelined 7-10 days because of hamstring injury. Expect to see Barney, Bonifacio at SS
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) March 3, 2014
Emilio Bonifacio would be a logical choice alongside Baez. The 28-year old was signed after being designated for assignment by the Royals and is a multi-position player with experience on the left side of the infield.
Darwin Barney, however, is the club’s primary second baseman. While more reports are sure to follow, it is curious that Barney is listed as a primary backup for Castro as opposed to MLB’s number 6 prospect, Javy Baez.
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