MESA, Ariz. -- Todd Wellemeyer has not been able to pitch at all this spring without feeling pain in his right hip, which is obviously, not a good sign.
Wellemeyer, 32, was assigned to the Cubs' Minor League camp on Wednesday. However, he was going to talk to his agent regarding his future.
He said the problem may be that his leg hasn't fully healed from a torn quadricep suffered last year. He was with the Giants then and went on the disabled list on June 11. He was activated Aug. 5, then designated for assignment on Aug. 9.
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"Maybe the fact I tore my quad might have something to do with [my hip] not being as strong, and it has to work double time -- I don't know if there's atrophy in it or what," Wellemeyer said. "Obviously, when you tear a quad, it's such a large muscle, it's not going to heal 100 percent. Who knows?"
He threw 20 pitches in a light bullpen session on Tuesday and that went fine.
"The fact that I was playing catch today and it flared up, it's not a very positive outlook, unfortunately," he said.
Wellemeyer came into camp as one of the candidates for the fifth-starter spot. Now, he's not certain about his baseball career.
"It's very disappointing," Wellemeyer said. "I didn't really get a single inning live during the game where I felt like there wasn't a stabbing pain in my hip. I wish I could've gone out there and been healthy, but it is what it is. I even focused on making sure it was going to be in good shape this offseason with my trainer, and it didn't work out."
Wellemeyer began his career with the Cubs; he was a fourth-round pick in 2000. This was his second turn with the team. What's next?
"We'll see," he said. "If it feels decent [Thursday], I'll throw off the mound. If not, it's pointless to throw off the mound if it'll irritate it."
Castro thrilled to spend birthday with family
MESA, Ariz. -- Starlin Castro will celebrate his 21st birthday on Thursday with family. He has sounded as excited about that as he did about making the Cubs' Opening Day roster.
His parents have been with the Cubs' shortstop this spring.
"when I had my 18th birthday, I was in the United States and my family was not here," Castro said. "On my 19th, my family was not here; my 20th, my family was not here. My 21st, they're here."
One reason he likes having his family in town is because his mother is a good cook. His parents will return to the Dominican Republic this weekend, then go to Chicago to meet him for the season opener on April 1.
"I said, 'Why are you leaving? You have to come back quick, because I need you here for your cooking,'" he said, laughing.
Castro made his Major League debut last May 7 in Cincinnati, and made quite a splash, hitting a three-run homer in his first at-bat. This year, he'll open with the Major League team.
"I'm really excited," he said. "I feel excited, I feel very good. To start with the team on the first day is unbelievable. Everybody wants that."
MESA, Ariz. -- Cubs manager Mike Quade said he expected to lose sleep Tuesday while making some pitching decisions. On Wednesday, he'll be tossing and turning over which regulars make the final 25-man roster. The Cubs need to pick an extra infielder and outfielder for the bench. ... Carlos Zambrano threw 82 pitches over four innings in the Cubs' Minor League camp for the Triple-A team against the D-backs. ... Casey Coleman had a solid 1-2-3 inning in relief in the seventh Wednesday. The right-hander could be an option in the bullpen. "Casey has been a starter," Quade said. "You see an inning today [and think] could he come back and give you three [innings] in a couple days? Could he do that in the midst of being a Major League starter someday? It's encouraging to see him get up in a bullpen situation, come in and get three outs there." ... Jaden Justice got an inside look at the Cubs' clubhouse on Wednesday as a guest of pitcher Andrew Cashner. Justice, 12, is an outpatient at Cardon Children's Hospital in Mesa, and undergoing treatment for cancer. The trip was coordinated by Southwest Ambulance, part of a program called "Spring Training Transports." Jaden came ready -- he'd painted a Cubs red and blue "C" on the back of his head.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter@CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.