Wednesday, March 30, 2011

That was quick: Phillies release Luis Castillo

The Luis Castillo experiment didn't last long. According to the Phillies beat reporters, the team has released Castillo, who they signed 10 days ago to a minor league contract. His release guarantees that Rule 5 pickup Michael Martinez makes the team and opens up a spot for either Delwyn Young or Pete Orr to earn the final bench spot. Look for Wilson Valdez to get the majority of starts at second base until Chase Utley returns.

Castillo didn't have a terrible showing with the Phillies but clearly the team feels comfortable with their other options at second base. Given that bringing in Castillo for 10 days barely cost them anything, it still didn't hurt for the Phillies to at least see if the veteran had anything left in the tank. He apparently didn't and now we all don't have to force ourselves to root for the former Met.

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