Starlin Castro could miss the rest of the season with a strained hamstring

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Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro‘s season could be over, as he has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 strained right hamstring, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. He suffered the injury running the bases on a double hit in the fifth inning of Saturday’s loss to the Red Sox.

Hoch notes that a Grade 1 strain is the least severe type of strain, but it requires at least two weeks of recovery. That would take him to the end of the regular season. Manager Joe Girardi considers it “a bonus” if Castro appears in a regular season game this year. The Yankees should be expected to utilize Ronald Torreyes and Rob Refsnyder at second base in Castro’s absence.

The Yankees entered Sunday’s action 3.5 games out of the second Wild Card slot in the American League, and 4.5 games out of the first slot. They would have to fend off at least five other teams to have even a 50/50-ish shot to get into the ALDS.