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Starlin gets at-bats in Minor League camp

Starlin gets at-bats in Minor League camp

MESA, Ariz. -- Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro got his first at-bats since he injured his right hamstring, going to Minor League camp for four to six at-bats on Saturday.

Castro, who sustained a strained right hamstring on March 2 stealing second base, was used as a designated hitter in the game, and didn't run the bases hard. His baserunning drills were scheduled for after the game.

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"I just need at-bats," Castro said.

Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Castro would get four to six at-bats in the Minors on Sunday as well, and the next step could be a Cactus League game. There is one week remaining before Opening Day on March 31.

"Let's see today how it goes," Castro said.

Renteria said there is enough time for the shortstop to be ready by Opening Day.

"I think it's a great sign," Renteria said of Castro being able to hit this weekend.

Last spring, the shortstop strained his left hamstring and only missed two weeks. The difference this March is that there was more fluid in his right hamstring and more inflammation.

"I feel good, not any pain or anything," Castro said. "Let's see today after the game. I'll do full baserunning [after the game] -- let's see how I feel."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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