Right as the spring training season is getting underway, the Chicago Cubs have already suffered a setback, albeit a minor one, as starting shortstop Starlin Castro will be out 7-10 days as he nurses a mild hamstring strain that he suffered on Sunday during a game.
Manager Rick Renteria noted that it shouldn’t be something that would affect him seeing the beginning of the regular season.
“From what we gathered, it’s similar to what happened to him last year at this time,” Renteria said of Castro’s injury, suffered in the first inning Sunday when he tried to steal second. “It’s seven to 10 days and we’re just being cautious with him. It shouldn’t set him back for the regular season.”
This could raise some minor concerns, however, as Castro missed some time last year with an injury to the hamstring, although Renteria did point out that it’s not as significant as what happened last year where the infielder had to miss two weeks.
“This doesn’t seem to be anything like last year to the degree that it was,” Renteria said. “He’s walking around pretty good now.”
For right now, this time away seems more like a precaution than anything.