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Cubs | Starlin Castro expected to be ready

Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro (hamstring) is close to returning to spring action, and the team is confident that he'll be ready to play on opening day. "Did all his running (Thursday)," manager Rick Renteria said. "Ran all the bases. Today was a day off from the running but (he's) fielding and hitting. We'll see how he feels at the end of the day and go from there." Renteria said he's not even thinking about a backup plan at shortstop. The Cubs have nine spring games remaining, but Castro could see action on the minor league side to get at-bats.

Fantasy Tip: Castro could be in for another slow start in the regular season as he gets his legs back under him. Keep that in mind. Javier Baez doesn't look to be a backup plan at shortstop, however, but the Cubbies could decide he gives them a better option at second or third base to start the season.

2014-03-21 10:18:57 | Source: ESPNChicago.com - Jesse Rogers

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