Starlin Castro was initially believed to only miss seven to 10 days with a hamstring injury suffered on March 2, but 12 days later, his return to the Chicago Cubs lineup has been ‘indefinitely delayed‘ as he deals with a build up of fluid in his hamstring.
“I don’t want to rush myself,” Castro said. “If I can play in 10-12 games in spring training I think I’ll be good for the season.”
Castro thought he would be healthy enough to return to the lineup this weekend, but then backtracked after he was only able to run at 40 percent and Cubs first-year manager Rick Renteria doesn’t see him making his return before Monday at the earliest.
“I don’t have a set date in my head right now,” Renteria said. “That’s all based on how he’s progressing. He’s progressing well.”
The Cubs need their two-time All-Star back in the field and in the lineup soon so he can get into a nice rhythm in the batters box where he slumped to a career-low .245 batting average after hitting better than .285 his first three seasons in the major leagues.