Cubs not sure when ailing Castro will return

MESA, Ariz. – Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro's return to the lineup has been indefinitely delayed as he deals with fluid in his leg from a hamstring injury suffered on March 2.

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AP Picture/Ross D. FranklinShortstop Starlin Castro is taking his recovery from a hamstring harm in stride. "I don't wish to rush myself," Castro said. "If I can play in 10-12 games in spring coaching I feel I'll be good for the season."

Initially, the Cubs stated Castro can be out of the lineup for seven to 10 days, but on Friday morning, supervisor Rick Renteria gave no exact timetable on when Castro may play once more.

"I don't have a set date in my head proper now," Renteria mentioned. "That is all primarily based on how he is progressing. He's progressing well."

Earlier in the week, Castro indicated he might be back by this weekend, however Renteria mentioned he wouldn't play earlier than Monday. Now, Castro says it might be another week, as he is running at solely "forty %."

"I do not want to rush myself," Castro mentioned. "If I can play in 10-12 games in spring coaching I think I'll be good for the season."

The Cubs have 16 days of video games left on their spring schedule earlier than their season opener in Pittsburgh.

"He knows his body greater than I do," Renteria said. "He could possibly be seventy five-80 percent in three-four days. We simply don't know."

Castro injured his proper hamstring sliding into second base during the Cubs' second Cactus League sport. He hurt his left hamstring final spring and went on to have the worst season of his career, though the harm did not plague him in the course of the season. He started taking batting observe Thursday.

He wants to be one hundred pc come April and needs to get back to stealing bases once more. He had simply nine final season after swiping 25 in 2012.

"That is one in all my goals," Castro stated. "Steal lots of bases. I can do it as a result of I have a green gentle now. After I need to run, I run."

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Terrelle Pryor getting first-team reps for Oakland Raiders with Matt Flynn ailing

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Call it an issue, if you’d like.

Following a productive Friday night time in opposition to the Bears, there has been some clamoring amongst Oakland Raiders fans to start out Terrelle Pryor over Matt Flynn, with the frequent reprise of “why not?”

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Head coach Dennis Allen admitted that the group must consider giving Pryor a protracted look. But the Raiders are actually giving Pryor first-crew reps in observe and will start him within the preseason finale towards the Seattle Seahawks with once-presumed starter Matt Flynn suffering from a little bit of arm fatigue.

This has to really feel like a horrible case of déja vu for Flynn, who allowed Russell Wilson to usurp the starting position for the Seahawks final preseason and now could be on the verge of relinquishing it in Oakland.

Certainly, the elbow might heal up — if indeed Flynn is actually all that damage — in time for the Raiders’ regular-season opener at Indianapolis. However one other energizing efficiency on Thursday might elevate Pryor no matter Flynn’s well being.