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Starlin Castro out 7-10 days with hamstring injury

Updated: March 3, 2014 11:19AM



MESA, Ariz. – Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Monday morning that he expects All-Star shortstop Starlin Castro to be sidelined for “seven to 10 days” because of the “mild” right hamstring strain he suffered in Sunday’s spring training game against Kansas City.

“We’re just being cautious with him,” he said. “It shouldn’t set him back at all for the regular season.”

Castro, who was hurt on his final stride during a stolen base attempt, suffered a hamstring injury to his left leg about this time last spring and missed two weeks. This one isn’t nearly as severe, said Castro, who had trouble walking immediately after that injury.

“This doesn’t seem to be anything like last year, I guess to the degree that was,” Renteria said. “He’s walking around pretty good right now.”

While Castro is sidelined, Renteria plans to use Emilio Bonifacio and Darwin Barney at short, and [Javy] Baez may get an extra game or so,” he said, adding second base prospect Arismendy Alcantara might also get a look there.

He said the staff already had talked about using Barney at short this spring for potential backup consideration during the season.

“What [Castro’s injury] allows us to do is just see other guys in that position and open up the ability to recognize if Barney can go over there, and Bonni,” Renteria said, “because a lot of those guys might be playing over there sometime.”

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