Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has been in camp only three days, but he's already bonding with new manager Dale Sveum.

Perhaps it's because Sveum is a former shortstop, or maybe it's because Castro was sometimes the recipient of former manager Mike Quade's wrath for losing focus in the field.

Either way, Sveum and Castro can be frequently seen on one of the fields at Fitch Park, working on ways to improve Castro's inconsistent defense.

"It's good, I like this guy," Castro said. "He talks to me all the time and says the right things, tells me what to do in the game. It's very special to me."