Castro not worried about tight hamstring

February, 27, 2013
2/27/13
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Levine By Bruce Levine
ESPNChicago.com
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MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro said he is feeling fine after coming out of a Cactus League game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday with a left hamstring strain.

Castro was running to first base after hitting a ground ball in the fourth inning when he grabbed his leg while running down the first-base line.

"The hammy is a little tight," Castro said after working with the team's medical staff. "I don't think it will be too bad. When I got to first base I felt it when I touched the base. After I came out I stretched and ran a little bit. Let's see (Thursday) how I feel and what the trainer tells me. I think it is going to be (alright)."

Castro, an All-Star the past two seasons who played all 162 games for the Cubs last season, was the team's DH on Wednesday and was batting for the third time in the game.

"I told (manager Dale Sveum) I wanted three at-bats today," Castro said. "Next time I will only ask for two."

Castro, who said he has never had any leg issues during his career, signed a seven-year, $60 million contract with the Cubs last summer.

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Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jason Hammel
WINS ERA SO IP
8 2.98 104 108
OTHER LEADERS
BAS. Castro .280
HRA. Rizzo 20
RBIS. Castro 52
RA. Rizzo 60
OPSA. Rizzo .890
ERAJ. Samardzija 2.83
SOJ. Hammel 104