By Bruce Levine –
MESA, Ariz. (CBS) — Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro performed well in his first competitive action since suffering a hamstring injury March 2. Castro went 2-for-5 with a walk in six at bats against San Francisco Giant pitchers in the equivalent of a Triple A game on Saturday.
Castro worked with the team’s trainer and conditioning coach between at-bats, staying limber while running and stretching. The 24-year-old infielder did not run the bases or play in the field. He did not run full out on his two doubles.
The hope is Castro will get more at-bats in a minor league game on Sunday and that he will be ready at some point early in the week to play in the field .
Castro injured the hamstring on the bases in his first Cactus League game of the spring. He has been rehabbing since that time.
In 2013, he missed two weeks with a strain of the other hamstring . He played in 161 games without further incident.