MESA, Ariz. -- As far as Cubs manager Dale Sveum is concerned, you can write Starlin Castro's name in at shortstop for all 162 games this season.
"There are certain guys who want to play and don't want days off," Sveum said of Castro, who played all 162 games last season. "I'm old school that way. ... Going into the season, you want consistency. Those guys play 162 games. That's why they get paid a lot of money and they're some of the best in baseball at their job."
Sveum will keep an eye on Castro and give the 23-year-old a breather if needed. As of now, the shortstop is part of a much improved infield.
"Our whole defense in the infield is about as solid as you're going to get," Sveum said of Castro, first baseman Anthony Rizzo, Gold Glove Award second baseman Darwin Barney and third baseman Luis Valbuena.
However, Castro did lead the National League in errors last season with 27.
"Hopefully, a lot of the errors that come from young players and lack of concentration sometimes, those are things we have to get rid of," Sveum said. "Obviously, we gradually did that last year and that's the next level you have to get to where those are very very minimal."
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.