Renteria: 'Difficult' for Starlin to return this season

Renteria: 'Difficult' for Starlin to return this season

CHICAGO -- Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro continues to rehab his left ankle, injured Sept. 2 in an awkward slide at home plate, but his season is likely over, manager Rick Renteria said Tuesday.

Castro was hoping to play before the regular season ends Sunday, but he is still wearing a protective boot on his left ankle.

"It would be very difficult for him to be back before the end of the season," Renteria said Tuesday. "He's still wearing his boot, and he's not really doing any baseball activity. I think he's done a great job trying to push himself and come back before the season was over, and that's a credit to him.

"The jolt he took with that ankle was pretty good. He's done everything he can to try to put himself back on the map with us before the season is out. Right now, it'd be very difficult for me to see him back on the field."

Renteria said he didn't need to say anything to Castro about his season being over.

"The boot on his ankle is telling him," Renteria said.

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