By Bruce Levine-
(CBS) The Cubs received some good news late Tuesday on All-Star shortstop Starlin Castro’s injured ankle. The team said that they have ruled out a fracture after Castro injured his left ankle sliding into home plate in the first inning of a win against the Brewers.
Castro hobbled off the field and was taken for an imaging test to determine the extent of the injury.
“Right now it is just a sprain,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said after his team defeated Milwaukee, 7-1. “It seems like they have ruled out a fracture, so he went for an MRI and we won’t know anything further until (Wednesday).”
Although a broken ankle is never good news, ligament damage can take as long or longer to heal, so the Cubs are hoping it’s nothing of that nature either.
“It is great news it’s not a break,” Renteria said. “(The slide) just looked very awkward. Any time you see someone cringe in pain, you kind of worry a little bit. Obviously he walked himself off of the field, which is a good sign.”
The 24-year-old Castro has brought his batting average up to .292 after having his worst year in 2013, when he hit a career-low .245. Castro made his third All-Star team in four years this season. He also has a career-low 15 errors and has tied his career high in home runs with 14. His single in the first inning extended his current hitting streak to nine games.
Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score and CBSChicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.