Chicago Cubs’ Starlin Castro Suffers Hamstring Injury, Patience Needed

By Joshua Huffman
Starlin Castro Injury Chicago Cubs
Jennifer Hilderbrand-USA TODAY Sports

There are a few players who the Chicago Cubs can’t afford to lose before MLB Opening Day 2013. Starlin Castro is one of them.

That’s why fans, players, and manager Dale Sveum held their collective breath when Castro pulled up short of first base after he ran out a ground ball during a spring training game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Feb. 27. Although Castro was ruled safe, he was forced to exit the game because of tightness in his left hamstring.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Castro’s injury isn’t serious. He has already been listed as day-to-day with left hamstring tightness. Castro compared the injury to a Charley horse. No strain is expected.

It has been a rough couple of weeks for fans. Last week, Ian Stewart strained his quad while he was running bases during an intrasquad game. That injury will cost him 2-3 weeks. Josh Vitters also suffered a quad injury. Matt Garza is almost ready to return from a mild lat strain that he suffered during a live batting session.

Is it a lack of conditioning, bad luck, or a little bit of both? At least these injuries are happening before the games. I’m more concerned about whether they’ll have any lingering effects. That’s definitely a concern for quad injuries.

Don’t expect Castro to return too swiftly. If Sveum is smart, he’ll err on the side of caution. The regular season starts in 32 days, so maybe Castro could return later this week. Regardless, Sveum should give him a couple extra days after he has been cleared. There’s no reason to risk it.

If Castro were to miss anytime, shortstop is another position that Brent Lillibridge can play. Of course, that’s a huge drop in offensive production.

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