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.

Dallas Keuchel could make season debut on Friday vs. Nationals

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Braves manager Brian Snitker is hoping recently-signed starter Dallas Keuchel will make his season debut on Friday when the Braves open a 10-game road trip with a three-game set against the Nationals, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. For now, the Braves have not officially named a starter for Friday.

After spending seven months as a free agent, Keuchel finally inked a one-year, $13 million contract with the Braves on June 6. He tossed seven shutout innings with nine strikeouts in his first start with Single-A Rome, then gave up three runs on 11 hits across seven innings for Double-A Mississippi on Saturday.

Last year, his final season with the Astros, Keuchel went 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA and a 153/58 K/BB ratio in 204 2/3 innings. The 31-year-old supposedly worried prospective teams due to his declining strikeout rate.

Keuchel is hoping to continue the Braves’ momentum, as the club has won 9 of its last 10 games and is 12-3 overall in June thus far, building up a 2.5-game lead over the Phillies in the NL East.