11:29 AM EDT, Tue March 31, 2015

Castro back in lineup, wants to sharpen his game

MESA, Ariz. -- A day after turning 25, Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro will return to the field for a game against the Seattle Mariners Wednesday night. Castro was sidelined with a groin issue, causing him to miss the last few games. He says he’s 100 percent now. “It’s nothing,” Castro stated Wednesday afternoon. Castro, a three-time All-Star, returned to form at the plate last season but still has room to improve defensively.

Cubs notes: Starlin Castro fine, Kris Bryant to work in OF

MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro should be back in the lineup on Tuesday after missing the last few days with a sore groin. “He feels strongly about one more day,” manager Joe Maddon said Sunday morning. “Today, then one more with the off day [Monday]. Tuesday should be fine.” Castro told reporters he was 100 percent and concurred Tuesday would be a good day for him to return to the lineup after he was scratched from Saturday’s game against the Seattle Mariners not long before first pitch.

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro scratched with right groin tightness

MESA, Ariz. – Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro was scratched from Saturday’s spring game against the Seattle Mariners with right groin tightness, according to a team spokesman. Castro is considered day to day, and the injury isn’t believed to be serious. He missed a significant number of games in each of the last two spring camps because of hamstring problems but was ready for the regular season each year. Addison Russell will take Castro’s place in the lineup against the Mariners.

Castro's defense still a question

GLENDALE, Ariz. – After a rough night in the field on Thursday questions about Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro’s defense have come up again. Sometimes he’s spectacular while other times the routine play can get the best of him. He didn’t look sharp against the Diamondbacks -- committing an error and bobbling several other balls. The error led to two unearned runs. “Those things are going to happen sometimes,” Castro said on Friday.

Who's up 2nd? Castro a candidate

MESA, Ariz. – Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is looking for a No.2 hitter. With Dexter Fowler slated to leadoff and power/RBI guys like Anthony Rizzo, Jorge Soler and Kris Bryant (when he’s in the majors) filling the middle of the order there’s an opening for another player that can get on-base to “feed” those guys according to Maddon. “Who’s hitting second is the mystery man,” the manager said. Could it be shortstop Starlin Castro?

5 questions with... Starlin Castro

MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro took a few minutes to answer some pressing questions. Who’s the most entertaining guy on the team? I think Junior Lake. He’s always saying something funny. He makes me smile. Just how he walks is funny. He just talks a lot. Nothing significant but he keeps talking. Who’s the quietest? I think the pitcher (Kyle) Hendricks. He doesn’t say anything. He just sits there and never talks.

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