This is . . . odd. Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times does not print out the exact question he put to Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, but it appears as if he basically asked the dude if he has a mental disorder:
It’s called attention deficit disorder, or ADD.
“I know what it is,” Starlin Castro said.
That doesn’t mean the Cubs’ shortstop wants to know anything more than that about the subject.
Throughout Castro’s career, mental lapses, moments of lost focus and inexplicable errors on routine plays have raised speculation among fans, scouts and even some in his organization – including the clubhouse — that he has a form of the common disorder.
But he hasn’t been tested for it, and doesn’t want to be, he said, even if a diagnosis and treatment could raise his performance – even as a three-month slump has called the three-time All-Star’s playing time into question down the stretch.
Note that Wittenmyer doesn’t call it “ADHD,” but rather, “ADD,” which the medical community has not formally called it for over 20 years. It’s almost as if — and bear with me here — the sports writer is not a doctor.
Really, a sports writer walked into a major league clubhouse and asked a ballplayer if he has a mental disorder. This happened.
Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.
The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.
The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.