Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria told Chicago media on Monday morning that shortstop Starlin Castro will spend the next seven to 10 days recovering from a mild hamstring strain, tweets ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rodgers.
Castro injured his right hamstring while attempting to steal second base in the first inning during Sunday’s 5-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals at Cubs Park. Last Spring training, Castro injured his left hamstring and missed two weeks.
Rodgers also added Gold Glove winning second baseman Darwin Barney, who played shortstop at Oregon State and played three games for the Cubs in 2012 at short, with Emilio Bonifacio will man short while Castro heals.
Renteria also added, top prospect Javier Baez, who is projected to start at short for Triple-A Iowa, might get an extra start and Arismendy Alcantara will get some extra playing time.
“It’s not too bad like last year,” Castro said Sunday after the game. “It (hurts) just a little bit. It’s early right now. I’ll take a couple days and be back again.”
Baez will get the start against the Milwaukee Brewers in Monday’s game.