Teammates close to shortstop Starlin Castro predictably rallied around him Friday a few hours after he was questioned by Chicago police regarding an alleged sexual assault 31/2 months ago.

"He lived with me for a few months [in 2010]," said Alfonso Soriano, who spoke to Castro about the issue earlier this week. "I believe in him. I know what kind of person he is. The problem he has right now is not true, and I believe him."

Castro is attending the Cubs Convention this weekend, as promised, but his schedule has been altered. He released a statement, which he obviously didn't compose, through his attorneys Friday in which he said he didn't plan to make any other public comments.

While he attended the opening ceremonies Friday, the Cubs conspicuously shielded him from media-accessible areas.

"He's a good person," reliever Carlos Marmol said. "I know he's a good player, but he's a good person and has great values. I hope he gets through this and everything will be OK."