Yankees’ Starlin Castro might miss All-Star game because of hamstring injury

New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro might miss the All-Star Game because of his strained right hamstring. Castro went on the disabled list June 27 and New York manager Joe Girardi said Castro won’t start running hard until Thursday.

“I don’t know if we’ll have him back before the break,” Girardi said before Tuesday’s 4-1 loss to Toronto.

Girardi said it would be “fairly important” for Castro to play again for the Yankees in order to appear in the All-Star Game at Miami on July 11. Players elected Castro to a reserve spot on the roster, his fourth All-Star selection. Castro said he will attend, even if he isn’t on the active All-Star roster.

New York activated left-hander CC Sabathia and right-hander Adam Warren from the disabled list Tuesday and optioned right-handers Bryan Mitchell and Domingo German to triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre.


Sabathia, who lasted just 2 2/3 innings in the loss to the Blue Jays, had been on the DL since June 14 because of a strained left hamstring. Warren, who retired his only batter Tuesday, went on the DL two days later with right shoulder inflammation.

Right-hander Luis Cessa will move to the bullpen. He gave up five hits in 4 2/3 scoreless innings against the Blue Jays.

“We wanted to continue to keep Mitchell going,” Girardi said. “We thought he was making some really good strides in his starts down in Triple-A and he was starting to get over that hump and become aggressive, and we want that to continue because you know at some point, a lot of times you might need another starter, and we’re preparing him for that.”

Girardi said the Yankees still do not know exactly what ails designated hitter Matt Holliday, who has been on the DL since June 25 with a viral infection. “I don’t think we have all the test results back yet,” he said. “I don’t have a clear plan of when he’ll be back.”


After the game, the Yankees designated first baseman Chris Carter for assignment for the second time this season. Carter went 0 for 2, lowering his batting average to .201, and dropped a throw from shortstop Didi Gregorius, giving Jose Bautista an infield single. After the Yankees cut Carter the club said it will bring up infielder Ji-Man Choi on Wednesday from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he is hitting .289 with eight homers and 43 RBIs.


Atlanta Braves slugger Freddie Freeman has returned earlier than expected from a broken left wrist and he’s back as the starting third baseman. Freeman’s return is the latest stage in a surprising turnaround since he was hit by a pitch on May 17. He was told that he’d likely miss about 10 weeks but instead was sidelined just seven. Freeman was reinstated from the disabled list Tuesday after he met with team physician Gary Lourie a few hours before Atlanta played the Houston Astros. … The Chicago Cubs have activated outfielder Jason Heyward from the 10-day disabled list. Heyward cut his left hand sliding for a foul ball in right field at Pittsburgh on June 18. He was batting .258 with six home runs and 29 RBIs entering Tuesday’s game against Tampa Bay. The Cubs also recalled left-handed pitcher Jack Leathersich from triple-A Iowa and optioned infielder Jeimer Candelario and right-hander Felix Pena to the minor league club. …

Indians manager Terry Francona has been admitted to Cleveland Clinic for tests and will miss Tuesday night’s game against the San Diego Padres. Francona, 58, was hospitalized twice last month after becoming lightheaded and having a rapid heart rate. He was fitted with a heart monitor last week and said at the time doctors had ruled out any serious health issues. Team president Chris Antonetti said he didn’t know if he would spend the night at the hospital or when he would resume his managerial duties. … Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera left Tuesday’s game against the San Francisco Giants because of tightness in his left hip. Cabrera batted in the sixth inning, hitting a long fly ball to center field that moved Justin Upton to third base, but was replaced by Andrew Romine for the top of the seventh. The Tigers did not make an immediate announcement about his availability for Wednesday’s game against the Giants.



4:25 p.m.: This article has been updated with new details about Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro as well as news about Indians manager Terry Francona and Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman.

This article was originally published at 10:20 a.m.