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Cubs’ Castro returns from hamstring injury

MESA, Ariz. – After two weeks out with a hamstring injury, Starlin Castro was happy to be back on the field.

Even if it was only for three innings.

Sidelined since Feb. 27, the All-Star got a single and walked Wednesday in the Cubs’ 2-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies.

Castro, who hurt his left leg in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, walked against Jorge De La Rosa leading off the first, singled in the third and came out after the inning.

Playing his usual shortstop position, Castro just missed throwing out leadoff batter Eric Young on a grounder leading off the game. Josh Rutledge followed with a grounder to second baseman Darwin Barney, who threw to second, and Castro’s throw to first just missed getting a double play. Troy Tulowitzki followed with an RBI double.

Castro had three assists in the second, when Jordan Pacheco, Nolan Arenado and Ramon Hernandez all grounded to shortstop.

“I want to keep playing because I’m feeling good,” Castro said. “I can move pretty good. When I took ground balls earlier in [batting practice], the coaches kept a close eye on my backhand and I felt pretty good when I moved quick.”

Indians 5, White Sox 2: At Glendale, Ariz., while the Sox avoid using their starting pitchers against AL Central opponents, the Indians figure they’ve seen their rivals so often a few spring training games won’t hurt.

So at the same time Jake Peavy was throwing 81 pitches on a back field against minor leaguers, Ubaldo Jimenez worked five solid innings against the Sox in a 5-2 victory Wednesday.

After stringing together four hits in the second, including an RBI ground-rule double to center by Gordon Beckham and a run-scoring single by Dewayne Wise, the Sox were held to two hits in the final six innings against Jimenez and four Indians relievers.

Alexei Ramirez (.409) singled twice and stole a base, and Wise had two singles.

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