A Cubs player out with an injury that is actually slightly worse than the original “it’s nothing” reports? No way!
Starlin Castro left a Spring Training game earlier this week with what was initially termed hamstring “tightness.” No one was worried, it was no big deal, and Castro was going to be fine.
That’s all still probably true, except for the “tightness” part. A precautionary MRI revealed that Castro’s hamstring is actually slightly inflamed, and he’s now expected to miss a week’s worth of games instead of the two or three originally thought.
Dale Sveum remained positive, though.
“It showed a little something,” Sveum said of Castro’s MRI, per the Tribune. “They said if you did an MRI on everybody’s hamstring it’d show the same thing …. Just a minor, little inflammation in that spot.”
Castro is still symptom free, which is good. In truth, there probably really isn’t anything to worry about, and a week off for Castro at this point in the Spring is not a big deal.
But he’s obviously an important piece of the 2013 Cubs, and any leg issue makes you nervous. Hopefully there are no lingering problems when we get to the season. Resting him now makes that less likely.