Starlin will have MRI on strained hamstring

Yanks 2B hopes to avoid DL, but No. 11 prospect Wade may fill spot

June 27th, 2017

CHICAGO -- said that he hopes to avoid a stint on the disabled list after the second baseman strained his right hamstring in the Yankees' 6-5 victory over the White Sox on Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Yankees will send Castro for an MRI on Tuesday morning to determine the severity of the injury, which he sustained running out a third-inning ground ball. Castro said that he tried to stop running as soon as he sensed something was wrong.

"When I tried to run right there, I just felt something tight," Castro said. "I stopped before the pop. I'm going to do an MRI [on Tuesday]. We'll see what's going on and we'll go from there."

, who was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre earlier in the day, replaced Castro at second base. Even if Castro is able to avoid the DL, the Yankees appear to have a reinforcement on the way.

Infielder Tyler Wade was removed during a rain delay of his Triple-A game at Syracuse, and manager Al Pedrique told reporters that Wade -- the Yanks' No. 11 prospect, as rated by -- had already left for Chicago.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he was not prepared to confirm Wade's call-up moments after his team's game ended, but Girardi said he enjoyed watching Wade this spring in big league camp.

"He played well. He was versatile," Girardi said. "I thought he swung the bat well. He swung the bat really well in Triple-A. He's played second, short, a little bit of third, some left and right, maybe a little center as well. He's got versatility. He's had a really good year."

Losing Castro for any length of time would be yet another blow for a club that has absorbed several hits over the past few weeks.

A solid candidate for the American League All-Star team, Castro is batting .313/.348/.486 with 13 doubles, a triple, 12 homers and 45 RBIs in 73 games, collecting 92 hits in 294 at-bats.

Castro had just returned to the lineup after receiving a cortisone injection in his right wrist Saturday, treating soreness from a weeks-old injury sustained on a checked swing.

"It's been a rough stretch, for sure," said. "It seems like there's been a lot in the last couple of weeks. There's been a lot of important players for us. We've got our fingers crossed that it's not too serious, but we've just got to keep going."

Castro strained his right hamstring last Sept. 17 vs. Boston and missed one week. He said that Monday's injury feels less severe than that one.

"I'll be honest, walking, I don't feel anything," Castro said. "I've had hamstring issues before and it hurt when I was walking. Right now, I feel good walking. I don't know what the MRI is going to say [Tuesday], but we'll see. I don't think it's that bad."