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Starlin Castro to begin rehab assignment

It seems the Yankees are getting closer to putting their full team back out on the field. According to numerous sources, Starlin Castro is slated to begin his rehab assignment immediately after the All-Star Game.

Castro, who has been on the disabled list with a hamstring injury since June 27, hopes to rejoin the Yankees this weekend as long as his rehab is successful. The Yankees open up a four-game series against the division leading Red Sox on Friday, and they hope to have their All-Star second baseman for at least a couple of those games. The Yankees currently sit in second place in the American League East, 3.5 games behind the Red Sox.

Castro owns a .313 average on the year, with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs. Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade have taken over second base duties in Castro’s absence. The second basemen have combined for an underwhelming .205 batting average over that span.