By Matt Snyder
Back in early January, accusations of sexual assault against Cubs All-Star shortstop Starlin Castro emerged. Castro was interviewed by police in mid-January upon his return to America from his home in the Dominican Republic, otherwise there hasn't been much news on the subject.
Friday, in Cubs camp, Castro addressed the situation, sort of.
"I cooperated with the police [by] talking about that," he said (Chicago Sun-Times). "I don't have [anything more] to say about that. I'm ready to play baseball and practice very hard to help this team win this season."
Alfonso Soriano, Castro's closest friend on the Cubs, got his buddy's back.
"I think he didn't make a mistake because he did not do anything wrong, and I believe in him," Soriano said (Chicago Sun-Times). "He's such a great guy, and he thinks everybody can be friends with him. Now he knows when that happened to him he has to be a little more careful."
And Castro agreed: "You've got to be careful, because a lot of bad people in the world." (Chicago Sun-Times)
So it would appear Soriano and Castro are painting the picture that the allegations against Castro were untrue. And it has been about five weeks since the police interviewed Castro for several hours, so it's entirely possible this matter is behind the Cubs' shortstop.
Castro, 21, hit .307/.341/.432 with 10 homers, 66 RBI, 91 runs, 22 stolen bases and an NL-leading 207 hits last season. He made his first All-Star Game.
For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnBaseball on Twitter, subscribe to the RSS feed and "like" us on Facebook.