By the end of the day, all of the Chicago Cubs invited to Spring Training will be in camp, preparing for the first full-squad practice tomorrow.

Of course, the date is largely a formality, as almost every Cub is already in Mesa. The only four remaining include three that make sense, and one that doesn’t. Veteran, established, positional players often don’t arrive until the reporting date, and so it is with Alfonso Soriano, Derrek Lee, and Aramis Ramirez.

But the fourth? Shortstop prospect Starlin Castro. Interesting that a kid who has a lot to show in order to make the big club this year decided not to come early. I’m not criticizing – there may have been good reasons – I just find it interesting.

  • KevinG

    D Lee is the only that really have to show up earily but being team captain he should have. Soriano should show up real earily considering the season he had last year and the fact that he is recovering from a injury. A ram same thing about the injuy. Now lets get to Castro, all I read about was his work ethic I guess that was just smoke. He really isnt starting on the right foot with the coaches in spring Training specially since players like Brett Jackson and other are already there. It makes it look like he doesnt want this that much

    • Ace

      All good points, though as for Lee, he’s probably earned the right to chill a bit.

  • Dingo

    It could be visa issues.

    • Ace

      Could be, given his age he probably did return home before the start of the season.

  • Dingo

    According to Bruce Miles, Castro played a lot of winter ball via the Arizona Fall League and Latin Leagues plus has been training hard at the Cubs facility in the Dominican. So Cubs officials weren’t expecting him early.

    • Kevin G

      Thank you for that information I really like the kid, I didnt want to believe he was just lacking off.