I hate hamstring injuries.
Remember when Starlin Castro first hurt his this spring?
It was a little attempted steal and called a "mild" hamstring strain.
He was expected to return to action "by the end of the week".
That was almost 3 weeks ago now.
So, you know, a little worse than they thought and I understand the language - you don't want to spread panic in the paper, right?
But there seems to be all this pressure that he be in the starting lineup on opening day, and it shouldn't be there.
If Theo and Jed don't want to start any service clocks early (like Baez), then don't.
Surely between Valbuena and Barney and Murphy and Bonaficio and hopefully Olt, they can field an infield.
Castro's (probably) close enough to not go on the dl, he can sit on the bench or maybe pinch hit for a game or two.
All I'm saying is that March 31st is going to be day one of perhaps Castro's most important season, and it's in Pittsburgh where I'm pretty sure it'll to be closer to winter than summer as far as temperatures go.
Hamstrings don't like the cold.
So just be sure that Castro is 100%.
Don't start him if he's not ready because everybody's gonna be staring, filled with huge expectations.
Spent 10 hours on the highway to Dayton and back yesterday picking up my Spring Breaking son.
One semi went off into farmland and maybe 8 people pulled over for speeding, but otherwise it was in the mid 60s and the country looks like it's about sprout some green.
And, you know, little more than a week until real, honest to god baseball.