2/24 Castro: “I’m ready to play baseball”
Starlin Castro is ready to put the offseason distractions behind him.
“I’m ready to play baseball,” Castro said.
The Cubs shortstop made his first public comments since he was questioned by Chicago police in mid January after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman on Sept. 29, the night after the regular season ended. No criminal charges were filed against Castro, 21, and there have been no new developments since the shortstop spoke to the police.
“In the beginning it was tough but I put it out of my mind to prepare to play baseball,” Castro said.
The shortstop met with Cubs manager Dale Sveum and talked about how the season, not the offseason.
“I cooperated with the police,” Castro said. “I don’t have anything else to say about that. I’m ready to play baseball and practice hard and help this team win games.”
And what did he learn from the experience?
“That you have to be careful because there are a lot of bad people in the world,” he said.
— Carrie Muskat