starlin castro throwingGood news on the Starlin Castro recovery front: the Cubs’ starting shortstop played again today in a minor league game at Spring Training, and he actually played shortstop.

It also sounds like he was running at basically full speed, and he could be back in a big league Spring Training game within a couple days.

Here are some of the important bits from the folks talking to Castro and manager Rick Renteria:

It tentatively sounds like Castro will take batting practice tomorrow and do some field work, will play in a minor league game (full systems go) on Wednesday, and then, if he still feels and looks good, he could be ready to play in a big league Spring game on Thursday. From there, the Cubs have only two exhibition games against the Diamondbacks left before Opening Day. Three games isn’t much, but it’s probably enough to get Castro ready, considering the at bats he’s been getting in minor league games.







Also, Castro turned 24 today. Is that the threshold where a guy is no longer really young? It still seems pretty young. Still young enough to dream on a little bit of upside, anyway – particularly if he turns things around this year.




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