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Morning Gordo: Clock ticking on Cubs' Stewart; no MRI for Castro

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A few early notes from camp as Cubs wait for A's to arrive for 2:05 game at HoHo:

Third baseman Ian Stewart (quad strain) is still "at least a week away" from taking swings and could be crunched to find enough time to make the roster, manager Dale Sveum said Thursday morning.

"If he gets on the field too late in spring training, it's going to be very difficult to get enough at-bats to evaluate, when everybody else is getting their at-bats and producing or whatever it might be,'' Sveum said. "It's going to be very difficult to make that decision."

Stewart faces an all-or-nothing proposition when it comes to earning a spot; the Cubs owe him only $500,000 of his $2 million contract if they release him before the season starts.

NO MRI FOR CASTRO -- Sveum said shortstop Starlin Castro is expected to miss two or three days before returning to action after suffering "tightness" in his left hamstring Wednesday. The injury is minor enough that no medical tests were scheduled.

JAVY TIME? Top prospect Javy Baez could be the short-term beneficiary of Castro's down time. Sveum said Baez figures to start or split the games at short while Castro's out.


CF Dave Sappelt
2B Darwin Barney
DH Scott Hairston
LF Darnell McDonald
RF Jorge Soler
C Dioner Navarro
SS Javy Baez
1B Brent Lillibridge
3B Junior Lake

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Good news on Castro, and Baker seems to be hitting better this year. The keystone kids could be a solid plus for the Cubs for years to come. With Rizzo at first, the only question for the infield seems to be third base. Maybe a healthy Stewart finding his power can make the Cub infield the team's major strength.

P.S. I meant to say "Barney," not Baker. call it a "senior" moment.

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