Castro will compete with the likes of Akil Baddoo and potentially Isaac Paredes for a roster spot out of spring training, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. Castro's role depends on how new manager A.J. Hinch decides to construct the roster. If Baddoo makes the team as a fifth outfielder, Castro could get squeezed. Paredes is also an option to play third base if Jeimer Candelario shifts over to first, which would further cloud the picture for Castro. The 27-year-old did impress with a .347/.407/.429 line in 22 games last season, so that should help his cause, and he has the versatility to play multiple positions in the infield and outfield.
Castro (back) is not in the lineup Sunday against the Royals, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. Castro is out of the lineup after exiting Saturday's contest with lower-back tightness, and he'll be available off the bench only in an emergency. Brandon Dixon receives the start at first base for the Tigers on Sunday.
Castro was removed from Saturday's game against the Royals with lower-back tightness. Castro went 1-for-3 with a run and appeared uncomfortable during his final plate appearance. According to Evan Woodbery of MLive.com, it's a minor issue for the 26-year-old, and he may be available to play in Sunday's series finale.
Castro went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk in a 5-2 win over the Indians on Saturday. Castro extended his hitting streak to seven games. The 26-year-old is coming on strong, slashing .355/.412/.484 over his past 15 games.
Castro is starting at third base and batting fifth in Saturday's game against Cleveland. Isaac Paredes will get a breather Saturday, which opens up third base for Castro. The versatile 26-year-old is slashing .281/.361/.375 through 16 games so far this season.