Renteria on Starlin Castro: ‘He 100 percent’
BY GORDON WITTENMYER Staff Reporter March 25, 2014 5:52PM
Chicago Cubs Starlin Castro adjusts his uniform prior to a spring training baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
MESA, Ariz. – As promised, the Cubs “pushed” shortstop Starlin Castro in aggressive fielding drills Tuesday, and he responded well enough to put to rest any lingering doubts that his hamstring could be a problem going into the season.
“”He did some extensive, strong, agility fielding,” manager Rick Renteria said. “Left, right, forward, back – quick, explosive actions, and he looked good in all of them.
“I’m totally comfortable with his health. He’s 100 percent. Totally comfortable with it.”
Castro seemed even more upbeat than he had in recent days as he works back from the March 2 hamstring injury.
“I feel pretty good. I don’t feel anything,” he said of his fitness during workouts, “not scary, nothing.”
Castro, who hasn’t played in a big-league spring game since the injury, is scheduled to play six or seven innings in the field in a minor-league game Wednesday, with at least six trips to the plate, and then be evaluated for a possible game or two on the big-league side before heading to Pittsburgh for Monday’s opener.
The Cubs have three games left after Wednesday before breaking camp.
He said he’ll not only be ready for Opening Day but also for anything that batting leadoff might require, if that’s where he’s hitting.
“I’m already ready,” he said. “I have plenty of time [to get lots of at-bats the rest of the week], and when the season starts, it’s all me. Ready to go.”