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Starlin Castro hopes to be good for Cubs’ opener

Updated: March 21, 2014 8:59PM

MESA, Ariz. — A month ago, as he was settling into spring training, Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro admitted he had something to prove.

That hasn’t changed, even though a strained right hamstring has kept him out of Cactus League games since March  2.

“The big year is still in my mind,” he said. “It didn’t go away. It’s frustrating because I come in at 100 percent and get hurt. . . .

“It’s going to be a good year for me.”

He’ll run again Thursday and could play in a minor-league game before the end of the week.

Castro took batting practice and fielded ground balls Wednesday.

“I think I’m going to be good for Opening Day,” said Castro, who won’t need further tests on his hamstring.

Manager Rick Renteria reiterated that Castro could hit once an inning in minor-league games to get caught up on at-bats.

Patrick Finley

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