MESA, Ariz. — Starlin Castro is running out of occasion if he is going to be ready by means of Opening Day.
The Cubs shortstop jogged the bases on Friday for the first time since he drained his right hamstring on March 2, and hopes to get at-bats in a Minor Little league game on Saturday. He is making good progress, boss Rick Renteria said Friday. But Sunday will be the three-week mark because Castro was injured, and it also marks the beginning of the final week regarding Cactus League games.
‘I consider [Saturday] I’ll go to the Minor Category [game] and get some at-bats — four, 5 at-bats — and hit every inning,’ Castro explained after batting practice in Friday.
Does he have enough time?
‘If you’re going every other day and go to the Minimal Leagues and take all 5 at-bats, I think I’ll be all right,In . he said. ‘I can be there.’
The Cubs have not talked to Castro about the potential for opening the season on the impaired list.
‘I don’t think that will transpire, because I’ve really developed and I think I’ll be all right,In he said.
‘We’re trying to get him a number of at-bats, possibly in the Minor Leagues first, leading off, factors of that nature, and trying to get them in baseball shape,Inch Renteria said Friday. ‘He’s been doing a lot of activity, but obtaining him out there, standing, actively playing five, six innings is important to all of us. We’re going to try to progress them as quickly as possible.’
Do the Cubs have a backup plan?
‘Not even a consideration at this time,’ Renteria said. ‘He’s doing well.’
However, the actual Cubs have had Darwin Barney play shortstop that spring and also have Emilio Bonifacio and Donnie Murphy since infield options as well.
‘Right now, it really is Friday, and [Castro] went through almost everything extremely well [Thursday], and I have being unfaithful days left,’ Renteria stated. ‘I’ve got to set up a schedule for your pet to participate before we can ascertain [if he’ll be ready].’
Castro said he or she is had no discomfort doing the actual infield work and light baseball activities so far, but he has certainly not been on the field for more than a number of innings, so his game training is not quite there. The actual shortstop is coming off a unsatisfying season in which he batted .245, and the man has said he wants to get back to being the two-time National League All-Star who collected 207 hits in 2011.
‘He’s someone who we all know physically we need to get in a particular type of condition,’ Renteria said. ‘Mentally, if he has in a good state of mind, anyone who has a sense of confidence while focusing and determination, you have the power to do a lot of things. Hopefully which will play into his capacity to overcome this little setback that’s occurred this planting season.’
Last spring, Castro strained his quit hamstring and only missed a fortnight. He’s been out nearly three this March.
‘I understand he wants to play,’ Renteria said. ‘It affected him. He hated this setback this specific spring, obviously. He wishes to show everybody and have a comeback-type time. He looks like he’s able to get back out there on the field.’