MESA, Ariz. -- Sporting a red welt on the inside of his right forearm, Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro said he was just fine after getting hit with a Kerry Wood pitch in batting practice Monday.
The live batting practice sessions, a staple of early full-squad workouts, are typically toughest on the hitters as they get back into action after a long offseason.
Castro couldn’t avoid an inside fastball from Wood when he was struck on the arm.
"Yeah, I'm OK," Castro said. "He didn't hit it too hard, to me. I put on ice, and I will put on something in the training room for [Tuesday] and I'll be OK."
X-rays were not taken, and Castro said he doesn’t plan on missing any drills. He continued on his regular schedule after getting hit, taking Carlos Marmol deep in to the gap on one at-bat.
"He's fine. I wasn’t there to witness it, but it sounded a little scarier [than it was]," manager Dale Sveum said. "But he's fine. He stepped right in and did all his drills after that and it was almost like he didn't get hit."
Wood apologized to Castro after he hit him and the budding superstar shrugged it off.
"No, I'm never scared about that," Castro said. "That thing happens here in practice and in the games too, and I’m never scared. I am scared of hitting me in the head. That's not good."