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Saturday, February 18, 2012
Updated: February 19, 3:45 PM ET
Cubs expect Starlin Castro on time

By Bruce Levine

MESA, Ariz. -- The Chicago Cubs expect shortstop Starlin Castro, who was under investigation by Chicago police this offseason on a sexual assault complaint, will report on time for spring training.

"We expect Starlin in camp to get ready for the season," president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said on Saturday. "We do not expect it to be a distraction."

Castro will report on Feb. 23, the first day for position players, according to a source.

A Chicago woman accused Castro of sexually assaulting her last Sept. 28, however no charges have been filed. Castro and his attorney Michael Gillespie talked with police during a meeting at the Belmont Area Headquarters late in the evening of Jan. 10 that lasted seven hours, according to a source. Castro's representatives have denied the allegation.

Bruce Levine covers baseball for and ESPN 1000.