gods-wrathStarlin Castro “mildly” strained his hamstring on March 2, and no one was concerned. It didn’t even affect Castro’s walk, he said. It’s Spring, so, out of an abundance of caution, Castro would miss 7 to 10 days.

Well, that was 13 days ago, and, according to Castro and Rick Renteria, the Cubs’ shortstop isn’t all that close to playing in a Spring Training game just yet. Le sigh. Fortunately, Spring Training is very long, and there still isn’t any real reason for concern.

Castro tells Jesse Rogers that he’s running only at about 40%, and took BP swings for the first time on Thursday. Whereas Castro had previously hoped to be back in a game this weekend, he now acknowledges it won’t be until next week at the earliest.

Castro is hoping to get in about 10 Spring games to be ready for the season, and that remains possible if he’s back by mid-week. As always, RR sounds more cautious and a little more indefinite about Castro’s return, but before we go saying this is a big setback for Castro, it’s worth pointing out that RR several days ago said Castro wouldn’t be back until next week. From his perspective, then, this all might be a reiteration of what he was always thinking.

In the end, Castro’s going to wind up having missed quite a chunk of Spring Training action, which is unfortunate, given his need to rebound this year at the plate. Still, he doesn’t need that much time to be ready, and he was always going to have to adjust on the fly once the season started.

Let’s just hope he’s back in games by late next week.

  • Diehardthefirst

    LOL- what did I tell you guys? This kid is a head case who did nothing to get in shape over winter and does not belong as the anchor of this IF — period !

    • RoscoeVillageFan

      Not only is that comment just plain WRONG but him having a hamstring injury can tell you nothing about what he did over the offseason. Plus, hamstring injuries are notoriously hard to get over in a short period of time. Whether or not he should be the anchor of the IF has NOTHING to do with this post by Brett or this particular injury. This is a logical fallacy to think that just b/c Castro got injured proves whatever opinion you’ve had about him prior to this…

      In addition, what do you want to do with him then? Not play him? Trade him when his value is at its lowest point?

      I’d let this comment just slide but it was too problematic to do so…

    • Soda Popinski

      A few things:

      1) Why would you LOL at one of our player’s injury if you’re a fan?
      2) Reports had Castro looking a lot stronger this spring.
      3) Being called a head case by Diehardthefirst is not necessarily an insult.

      • Patrick W.

        You missed the part where he spelled out “period” but then put an exclamation point!

        • candyland07

          My mom used to yell at me . she sometime would say period … like that it – conversation ends with me . i guess if i had to write it out. it would be period follow by exclamation point . kinda like !! has different meaning than “……exclamation point!”

    • notcubbiewubbie

      another real intelligent post!!

      • candyland07

        Two exclamation points ? what happen if a person uses three exclamation points. rabies shots on the horizon?

  • ssckelley

    I hope he gets better soon, I would hate for him to not be ready for opening day.

  • Canadian Cubs Fan

    Even if he is in the lineup for Opening Day, it’s looking like the first 3 weeks of the season will essentially be his ST, and he’ll be off to a slow start for 2014, not what he needed.

    • ssckelley

      No, that is the last thing he needs is a slow start.

  • Diehardthefirst

    FYI- I have been following this kid since in minors- what always bugged me about him was his contentment to go as far as his talent but he didn’t appear to add effort to that talent to be something really special – Several years ago watching him from box seats at a road game where I saw him turned around watching the Jumbotron video game antics between pitches ! That cinched my suspicions about him that he’s only going to go as far as his talent but with little extra effort to make a difference- nobody is more disappointed than me cause I was his biggest fan rookie year hoping a spark would go on in his head- so far it’s dark in there- I advocated for Sandberg as mgr because he could light that spark in this kid- but Theo was threatened by Sandbergs acumen- and here we are- nobody is more disappointed than me

    • bonger0493

      You must have had a night of heavy drinking

    • ssckelley

      Several years ago? You realize how young he was several years ago?

    • Ivy Walls

      numbers show, he will be traded by June 30th, my guess somewhere before that.

  • Diehardthefirst

    Hated Jumbotrons ever since- dont belong in baseball parks

    • jp3

      Oh crap, we’re getting a huge jumbotron in left field… Fortunately he’ll be retired by the time it’s actually in place

  • Diehardthefirst

    That’s the point- he hasn’t matured one iota

    • ssckelley

      I disagree, he has matured considerably over the years.

  • cubmig

    I’m for letting Castro heal…….Forget timelines. If the season is going to be “tanked”, it would seem more important to ensure a core player not be pushed into conditions (e.g. cold weather) that could aggravate future performance. It’s not like the Cubs don’t have options for manning his position while he heals.

  • David

    This is perfect…Lets showcase Barney at short for the first month of the season, increase his value and trade him in July.

  • cubfanincardinalland

    Big market for .208 hitting shortstops?

    • jp3

      Don’t forget with no pop

  • 5412


    How did this thread go from hamstring to head case?

    First of all, when my son played in college he had a serious hamstring pull. It snapped and he went down like he was shot. It cost him an opportunity to be drafted because he missed a good portion of the season and they DH’d him a good bit. DH’s in college generally do not get drafted. They are not to be messed with because they can get worse and cause some real damage.

    As far as Castro being a head case – duh! You have a kid from outside the US, probably not well educated, in the major leagues at an age where most guys are just getting started in college baseball and he is doing exceptionally well – and probably not knowing why. No one will ever accuse him of being mature beyond his years.

    At the same time, my suggestion is to cut him some slack. Everything I read was he worked his tail off in the off season, something he never did before. I remember when Moises Alou was in his 30’s, in a contract year, and admitted that it was the first off season in his career where he ever worked out. Now that made me angry; particularly because by that time in his career he should have known better. Castro was supposedly working with Soriano which is a good thing.

    Athletes like Castro who are young and exceptional don’t know any better, things just come natural for them. It isn’t until they struggle that you get their attention and they start to figure things out. Castro was starting well and his hamstring flared up. My concern is I hope they don’t rush him too quickly, then he gets to Pittsburgh and it is colder than blazes on 3/31 and he does some real damage.

    A couple years from now if he is doing the air head mistakes, then I would be concerned.

    In the meantime we can snipe away at each other if we want, but Castro is the best Cub shortstop I have seen in a long, long time – even with his warts.


  • candyland07

    Its odd the front office can trade and sign broken players and most Cub fans will cling and hope and give those players love. I can name many of Cub failures that either failed or just collected a check while on the Cubs during Team Epstein time.

    Castro is dealing with a hamstring, and I for one do not want him back until he is healthy . Hopefully the Front Office is on the level with its fans. This is one instance if the Cubs know that Castro is hurt – say so and Cubs fans will understand. But if the front office is trying to diminish his health status to keep his value up then that a disservice to the young man.

    For whatever reasons Castro had a bad year , for many different reasons lets not encourage the man to come back sooner. I want him to come back healthy.

  • MikeMoney

    This is an awesome site. My one complaint is that everyone seems to be infatuated with other people’s grammar. It reminds me of the 50 year-old, short, bald guys that drive around in Corvettes. They think that the car makes them look young. It doesn’t. When you guys criticize each other constantly for poor grammar, it doesn’t make you look smart. It makes you look like an idiot. I love when you attack each other on baseball related issues though. Keep that shit up. As much as I love Brett’s posts, I enjoy the comments exponentially more.

  • Diehardthefirst

    Common thread thru injuries of Soler, Iglesias and Castro is lack of flexibility in lower body — not enough stretching or simply walking? Lots of off season sitting?