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Chicago columnist appears to ask Starlin Castro if he has ADHD


Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times attempted to get to the bottom of Starlin Castro’s season-long struggles by asking Chicago Cubs shortstop if has ADHD.

Wittenmyer opens his provocatively entitled column, “Speculation or not, Cubs’ Starlin Castro has no plans to seek ADD diagnosis,” with the following:

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.


Wittenmyer goes on to note in his column that Castro has never been tested for the psychiatric condition nor does he have any intention to do so.

Castro indicated no one in the Cubs organization has asked him to be tested for ADHD (not ADD, as Wittenmyer erroneously refers to it).

“If somebody tells me, `You need this, go try it,’ I’ll go try,” he said. “But I don’t think I want to do it on my own.”

Further exacerbating the uncomfortable nature of attempting to suggest a diagnosis of this kind absent of a medical degree — in a sports column, of all places — is Wittenmyer sought out Cubs manager Joe Maddon for comment on his theory. The skipper did his best to be diplomatic with his response.

“I’m not into all this over-medicating of children and young adults,” said Maddon. “I’m not convinced yet that this is the right tack to take. With anybody.

Maddon acknowledges that Castro is “having a tough year,” but theorizes that his struggles may have more to do with “trying a little bit too hard” as opposed to an undiagnosed psychiatric condition.

There is no question that Castro has had his struggles this season, hitting at a .238/.274/.307 clip. But to use a sports column to hypothesize that it’s due to an undiagnosed disorder (even if Wittenmyer claims those in the organization have suspected as much) may be a questionable decision at best.

[H/T Hardball Talk]