Soriano counsels Castro on miscues

Alfonso Soriano has been Starlin Castro's friend, teammate and mentor since Castro came to the major leagues on May 7, 2010.

The 36-year-old veteran has been through the grind of many baseball seasons and understands the learning curve that Castro is developing under right now.

“It’s all right to make mistakes I told him, but it’s not all right to make them a second time,” Soriano said.

The 22-year-old shortstop had two different plays over the four-game series in San Francisco that irked manager Dale Sveum and his coaching staff. The second one occurred on Monday, when Castro forgot how many outs there were and a run scored when he failed to throw to first base to possibly complete an inning-ending double play.

“I also said to him that as a shortstop you have to be the boss out there,” Soriano said. “All the other players watch the shortstop and depend on him. He is young and he can make a mistake but he must learn.”

Castro lived with Soriano in 2010 and 2011 when Soriano’s family was still in the Dominican Republic, so their relationship is deeper than just that of a teammate.

“I told him you have to watch the scoreboard every pitch and tell the other guys how many outs there are after an out is made,” Soriano said. “He knows all of this and he will get better at it because he cares about his team and teammates.”

Castro is in a batting funk, going 2-for-15 on the recent four-game road trip and hitless in his last 11 at-bats.