Feb 19, 2014; Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro (13) fields a ground ball during a workout at Cubs Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Cubs Spring Training News: Starlin Castro Expected To Be Ready For Opening Day

Chicago Cubs starting shortstop Starlin Castro has been sidelined since March 2 with a hamstring injury. The injury was only believed to keep Castro sidelined for a week, though, that diagnosis was given three weeks ago.

On Friday, Cubs manager Rick Renteria indicated that Castro is improving and may be ready to play games.

“Did all his running [Thursday],” Renteria said Friday morning. “Ran all the bases. Today was a day off from the running but [he's] fielding and hitting. We’ll see how he feels at the end of the day and go from there.”-Rick Renteria, ESPN Chicago 

The concern with the Castro injury is that the shortstop suffered a similar injury in Spring Training of 2013. The injury slowed Castro at the start of the 2013 season and may have been what propelled his season-long slump.

When Castro first suffered the injury this Spring, the shortstop was confident that it was not similar to the injury he suffered last Spring and that it was not as severe.

Though, despite the fact that the injury has proven to be more severe, Renteria indicated that Castro will be completely healthy by the time the season starts.

“If he’s 100 percent ready, all things being equal, it won’t be an issue,” Renteria said. “All indications are he’ll be 100 percent.”-Renteria, ESPN Chicago 

A healthy Castro is one of the most important necessities for the Cubs in 2014. Questions have already emerged over Castro’s long-term fit with the Cubs and the shortstop needs to prove in 2014 that his 2013 season was a mere fluke.

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