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New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro left Monday’s game against the Chicago White Sox with a hamstring injury.
According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Castro will undergo an MRI Tuesday and is hoping not to go on the disabled list. The middle infielder said he didn’t feel his hamstring pop.
Andrew Marchand of ESPN.com noted the injury occurred when Castro grounded out in the third inning. Rob Refsnyder replaced him.
The Yankees managed to win Monday’s game, 6-5, after Castro left but are still just 3-10 in their last 13 contests. Losing their second baseman now would be a difficult blow, especially since they sit atop the American League East with the archrival Boston Red Sox and are trying to snap out of their recent funk.
Castro is slashing .313/.348/.486 with 12 home runs and 45 RBI in his second season with New York and appears set to challenge for a spot in July’s All-Star Game if he doesn’t miss much time with this setback.
The three-time All-Star has been an anchor in New York’s lineup this season alongside the powerful Aaron Judge and could finish with career-high marks in all three Triple Crown categories (.307 batting average in 2011, 21 home runs last year and 78 RBI in 2012).
Look for the Bronx Bombers to rely on the combination of Refsnyder and the versatile Ronald Torreyes at second until Castro is ready to return.