PHOENIX (AP)–Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro returned from a hamstring injury Saturday and played his first spring training game since March 2 in Chicago’s 9-8 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.Castro went 0 for 2 with a walk and looked fine running out a grounder in the first inning. The game was the exhibition finale for both clubs before their season openers Monday.
Both starting pitchers were effective. Jason Hammel shut out the Diamondbacks on two hits over four innings. He struck out five.
Bronson Arroyo went 4 2-3 innings for Arizona and allowed two runs on six hits. He struck out two and walked one.
Although the finalizing votes on district wide budget cuts didn’t take place last night as was originally planned there were two major discussion items that revolved around those cuts.