Yankees’ second baseman Starlin Castro exited the fifth inning of Saturday’s game with an apparent right hamstring injury, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch. Castro had just legged out his fourth double of the week and 28th such hit of the year.
Losing Castro, no matter how temporarily, would be yet another stumbling block in the Yankees’ path to the postseason. They’re four games back of a wild card spot and will have to go through the Mariners, Tigers, and Orioles (or, if their winning ways continue, the Blue Jays) in order to contend in October.
Castro, whose power potential is less integral to the team than that of, say, rookie slugger Gary Sanchez, has still provided a moderate boost to the Yankees’ offense during a productive second half. Since the All-Star Break, the 26-year-old infielder is batting .298/.319/.502 with 11 home runs and a 1.1 fWAR. Behind Sanchez, Castro has been one of the club’s biggest assets in the second half and currently leads the team with 38 RBI in 59 games.
Also via Hoch, Castro is expected to undergo tests following the game. No statement has been released yet on how much time the infielder is expected to miss.