Saturday, July 17, 2010

Phillies activate Polanco, dump Juan Castro

The Phillies continue their return to health today as they have activated Placido Polanco from the disabled list. Polanco, who hasn't played since June 25th due to elbow issues, will be a welcome sight for a Phillies offense that continues to struggle to score runs. Perhaps having a table-setter like Polanco back at the top of the lineup will spark their stagnant attack.

To make room for Polanco, the Phillies have released Juan Castro. Castro was a disappointing bench player this year, hitting only .198 in 54 games, and was made expendable after being outplayed by Wilson Valdez. After being signed in the offseason for $700,000, Castro was brought in to take Eric Bruntlett's utility role with the hopes that he could provide a little more bat to go with his defensive versatility. Why the Phillies felt they needed to sign the 38 year old Castro when anyone from the minors could have filled his role will remain a mystery.

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