gods-wrathThere’s probably not reason for concern just yet, but …

Starlin Castro left today’s Spring Training game early today after a steal attempt on which he apparently came up a bit lame (but, many in attendance didn’t notice, so it couldn’t have been that dramatic). The Cubs later announced that he was dealing with a “mild right hamstring strain.”

It’ll be a little while before we’ve got details, in terms of a prognosis, but it’s so early in Spring Training, and teams treat players so carefully at this time of year that there probably won’t be a crisis here.

Evidence? Castro dealt with nearly the exact same issue last year, missing some Spring games, and still started the season on time. Maybe this is just one of those early year things for him, and a little extra rest probably won’t hurt him. The Cubs are hoping for big things from Castro this year, so he’ll be given all the time he needs to be sure this doesn’t linger or get worse.

Obviously there’s always a risk with any injury, so we’ll keep an eye on this. I’m tentatively not too concerned at this point, though.

  • NorthSideIrish

    Jason Parks ‏@ProfessorParks 9m
    Javier Baez in the game for the #Cubs. His bat speed is so impressive I can see it while he’s playing shortstop.

    Castro’s replacement

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Struck out against studly young pitcher Yordano Ventura, who apparently hit 100mph twice. Good Lord.

      • NorthSideIrish

        No shame in that. Ventura is filthy, especially for a short pitcher.

    • Seth

      @ProfessorParks just rewteeted me. I feel honored but ashamed I lied.

      • Kyle

        For bonus points, try to get into a day-long argument with him then a few months later you are proven to be right.

        • Eternal Pessimist

          Even a broken clock is right twice a day :)

  • Kyle

    If we’re drawing too much correlation from that data point, I have to point out what actually happened with Castro during that season.

    Castro having a minor hamstring issue in ST is 100% correlated with him having a sub-replacement season.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett


    • another JP

      Yeah, and when someone on the Cubs has a good game in ST or anything else happens that’s positive, it’s simply small sample size or just plain luck.

      The only ones that draw too much correlation from something like that are you and the rest of the bashers.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Preeeeeeeeetty sure Kyle was just being colorful.

      • Kyle

        Even though you just got wooshed, I will take this moment to yet again establish for those who don’t know: I have an ongoing and unchanging stance that all ST performances, good or bad, are bunk. All that matters is that pitchers get their work in and nobody gets hurt.

        • Kyle

          Actually, that’s overstated a little.

          ST K and BB stats are a *little* correlative with regular-season performance. Especially Ks. If a guy has a crap-ton of Ks (pitcher or hitter), it might be worth looking at.

          Otherwise, the rest of it is meaningless. OPS, ERAs, ignore it all.

          • DocPeterWimsey

            Well, when should we ever take such a small sample size seriously, anyway?

    • http://deepcenterfield.mlblogs.com/ Jason Powers

      What is Brett’s WAK (Wins Above Kyle) number?

      • Kyle

        Zero, tied for the all-time record.

        A positive WAK is theoretically possible but has never been observed in nature.

        • http://deepcenterfield.mlblogs.com/ Jason Powers


          Need to get some physicists working on the discovery. Nobel Prize to come.

          • Dales Fired Ear

            This is what the Hadron Collider will be used for once the Higgs Boson has been 100% confirmed. Kyle’s logic points will be launched for 17 miles against Brett’s, both at speeds as close as possible to a Javier Baez swing. Once the collision takes place we should have confirmation on whether a positive WAK is or is not possible. Theo Epstein’s extension is riding on this research

        • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

          Bah, I’ve got a good 7 WAK

          • http://deepcenterfield.mlblogs.com/ Jason Powers

            6.9, Dude! [img]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vlZTWowUt9c/T_DrH2NMbhI/AAAAAAAAD2A/z0TFlGts6cU/s1600/69_The+Bill+and+Ted.jpg[/img]

          • Mike

            I’m pretty sure that as long as you have a pulse, you start with a 7 WAK.

          • Kyle

            Your WAK is whacked.

            • http://deepcenterfield.mlblogs.com/ Jason Powers

              No which way or whack, Kyle brings out the whack jobs! (IJK)

              But it’s his precious little gift to the world at-large.

    • Joshua Edwards

      I’ll admit it: I had the same snarky thought about Castro.

      I don’t want to be Chicken Little but did anyone else catch Castro’s interview with CSN Chicago? (http://www.csnchicago.com/cubs/starlin-castros-injury-puts-javier-baez-spotlight)

      As an armchair analyst and poker player, my gut says Castro is a little worried about the injury. He said all the right things but his reactions to questions, expressions, and fidgetyness seemed telling. Yes, his response was consistent with his usually reserved, introverted, self. (He seems not very comfortable with the media in general, he’s still a young kid, and he has to get quoted in his second language, in a media-frenzied country—those are totally legit concerns and would bother me, too.)

      But to me he sounded nervous talking about the injury. My gut says he “hopes” it’s not worse than last year, and that he is clearly aware of the Baez, Bryant, Olt, Bonifacio, Barney, and Arismendy logjam in the infield. Everyone is fighting for jobs, injuries can dictate ABs and innings, and he has clearly been working hard to reshape his body this offseason.

      So I think this little tweak really bothers him. I sincerely hope it’s just a tweak. The Cubs need all hands on deck and the most talent on the field.

  • Cheese Chad

    That’s a good questions. The league average is pretty high on that too.

  • itzscott

    Soooo, someone want to clue the Cubs in that the off season is over for them too?

  • http://deepcenterfield.mlblogs.com/ Jason Powers

    Pat and Ron – yep, crap winter. Let’s move on to spring and play two today – preferably on MLB.TV.