Major League Baseball

Struggling Starlin Castro takes extra batting practice under watchful eyes

As long as Starlin Castro remains a member of the Cubs, manager Joe Maddon is determined to support his embattled shortstop. Maddon, hitting coach John Mallee and assistant hitting coach Eric Hinske supervised Castro's early batting practice session Monday. The session came on the heels of a Fox Sports report that indicated Castro was mentioned in trade talks with the Padres. Maddon watched Castro perform drills that included swinging with one hand before switching to a normal two-handed grip. Maddon also watched videotape of Castro's 2014 season, in which he batted .292 and earned National League All-Star honors. "A lot of times, when a major-league guy is out of whack,...