The Chicago Police Department is expecting to talk to Chicago Cubs star Starlin Castro about a sexual assault accusation when the All-Star shortstop is in town for this weekend's fan convention, according to a source familiar with the situation.
A woman accused Castro of sexual assault last fall, but no charges have been filed and Castro's representatives deny the allegation.
"I don't think it's the right time or forum to talk about that," Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Wednesday at a kickoff luncheon for the convention. "As facts develop and the story evolves, there will be an appropriate time to talk about that."
WBBM Newsradio in Chicago reported that the unidentified woman, who is in her 20s, was at a River North nightclub Sept. 29 when she met Castro. After 3 a.m. CT, she went with a friend to his apartment, where she alleges that the assault took place.
The woman went to a hospital the next evening and police became involved, while Castro left for his offseason in the Dominican Republic, according to the report.
New Cubs manager Dale Sveum said he hasn't talked to Castro since he was hired on Nov. 17, but he doesn't believe the incident will affect the 21-year-old.
"I don't know all the details of all of it," Sveum said Wednesday. "But I don't think it's going to affect him.
"Right now, it's what it is, and I think it's being taken care of in the (proper) avenues, but I don't think it's going to affect him at all."
Sveum was asked about the responsibilities of being a professional athlete.
"The one thing is that these are grown men," he said. "I've raised my children, and sometimes you do have to treat players like they are your children. As for sometimes guys get misled and they don't know to handle the off-field activities, so to speak, especially when you're in a big city like Chicago.
"But you do a lot of talking, and you treat them like your family, so the communication helps out. The bottom line is they are grown men, so they have to grow up on their own sometimes, too."