Starlin Castro leaves Cubs game with ‘mild hamstring strain’

BY GORDON WITTENMYER Staff Reporter

March 2, 2014 2:43PM

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Updated: March 2, 2014 6:29PM

MESA, Ariz. – Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, the two-time All-Star, left Sunday’s game after one inning because of what the team called a “mild right hamstring strain.”

His status is to be evaluated daily, but he’s expected to miss at least a few days of action as the Cubs take a cautious approach to the injury with a month left before the season opens.

Castro was hurt on a stolen base attempt in the bottom of the first inning. He was replaced defensively in the top of the second by top-prospect Javy Baez.

Castro reached in the first when he was grazed by a pitch. He was then thrown out trying to steal second, sliding head first. He lingered for a few seconds after the play but headed to the dugout with no apparent problem.

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