Starlin Castro off to a good spring start

MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro said recently he wants to be “locked in” from the start of spring games until the end of the season.

He’s off to a good start after a 2-for-2 afternoon in the Cubs' 5-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.

“Very nice,” manager Rick Renteria said after the game of Castro's performance. “Some nice at-bats. He’s been working, and his body language is good. It’s moving along.”

Castro lined a single to left in the first inning, then went to right-center for a run-scoring double in the third. He batted third for Renteria, but the new Cubs manager indicated that hitting lead-off is still in the cards for Castro.

“Starlin’s on-base in the leadoff spot is like a .349 clip or something like that,” Renteria said. “As the spring progresses, any number of things could occur.”

Castro’s actual on-base percentage batting first is .345, the highest in the batting order for him with at least 200 plate appearances. If he swings the bat like he did Thursday, it can only mean good things for the Cubs, no matter where he hits in the order.