MRI on Starlin Castro shows minor hamstring inflammation

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Starlin Castro tweaked his left hamstring Wednesday and still felt bad enough yesterday that the Cubs sent him for an MRI exam, with the results showing what the team called “minor” inflammation.

Manager Dale Sveum doesn’t seem very worried, telling Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune:

It showed a little something. They said if you did an MRI on everybody’s hamstring it’d show the same thing. Just a minor, little inflammation in that spot.

I’m guessing that’s probably a stretch, but Sveum is hopeful that Castro can return in a week or so. Whatever the case, after playing all 162 games last season Castro’s status for Opening Day isn’t in question.

Report: Angels sign Matt Harvey to one-year, $11 million deal

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The Angels have signed pitcher Matt Harvey to a one-year contract, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports. Fancred’s Jon Heyman reports that the contract is for $11 million with an additional $3 million available through performance incentives.

Harvey, 29, spent 2018 with the Mets and Reds, posting an aggregate 4.94 ERA with a 131/37 K/BB ratio in 155 innings. He started off poorly with the Mets, so they traded him to the Reds in early May. He pitched much better in Cincinnati.

Harvey should have a spot secured at the back of the Angels’ rotation, but health and performance can always change that leading up to Opening Day.