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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Cubs Injury Update: Starlin Castro thinks he can return this season

By on 9/09/2014 07:00:00 PM

The Chicago Cubs have had a rough 2014 campaign, sitting at 64-80, last in the National League Central. A big reason is an offense lacking punch, ranked just 26th in the Major Leagues in runs scored. Injuries have played a role as well. Starlin Castro, who appeared to be lost for the rest of the season, thinks he can return from his sprained ankle.

Our own Raymond Bureau reported on September 3 that Castro was likely done for the rest of the season after severely spraining his left ankle.

An update on Castro, as reported by Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, is that Castro feels confident that he could play before the end of the season, despite what the medical staff has said.
‘‘I want to come back this year. I don’t care if it’s one game, I don’t care if it’s two games. Hopefully it’s more than that.’’
Castro also sounds as if he expects to be a key member of the Cubs moving forward.
 ‘‘I want to stay here, especially [since] we’re really close, with a lot of young guys and we’re playing better. As soon as [Anthony] Rizzo and me are [back in the lineup], it’s going to be good.’’
The Cubs have insisted that Castro will be their shortstop moving forward, despite trading for Addison Russell  from the Oakland A's on July 4.

Castro, in his fifth Major League season, is batting .292 with 14 home runs and 65 RBI. He's a career .284 hitter with 51 home runs and 294 RBI.

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