Castro leaves game with hamstring strain

MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro left Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Royals with a mild right hamstring strain after attempting to steal second base in the first inning, the team announced during the game.

Castro was hit by a pitch, then attempted to steal but was thrown out. He wasn’t visibly hurting as he went to the dugout but was immediately removed from the game.

It was almost a year to the day that Castro injured his left hamstring running the bases in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He missed two weeks and then went on to have the worst year of his career.

"It's not too bad like last year," Castro said. "It (hurts) just a little bit. It's early right now. I'll take a couple days and be back again."

Castro is listed as day-to-day. He was replaced in the lineup by top prospect Javier Baez.

"Last year, I couldn't walk," Castro said. "Now I can walk normal. The trainer stretched it out. I feel better.

"I don't want to be rushed. I'll be good soon."