MESA, Ariz. – This is one way to frame the question for Starlin Castro: If this was the regular season, you’d be playing now, right?
“Exactly,” Castro said.
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The Cubs reset the timetable for their All-Star shortstop on Monday as he deals with left hamstring tightness. Manager Dale Sveum said Castro could be sidelined for another week as a precaution.
“There’s nothing going on,” Sveum said at HoHoKam Stadium. “A week from now, you’re talking about (March 10 or 11) and we have 20-plus games left after that, which is plenty of time for him to get in Opening Day shape.”
Castro, who played in all 162 games last season, has gone through batting practice and taken groundballs. There are indications that he’s not feeling the same discomfort he experienced when he pulled up running to first base five days ago.
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The Cubs breathed a sigh of relief because that looked like it could have been a major injury. Initially, Sveum said Castro wouldn’t need an MRI, which revealed minor inflammation in that spot.
“I don’t want to be, ‘OK, I’m good,’ and then get hurt again,” Castro said. “I want to be good for 162.”