Castillo Expected, But Not In Camp
This is not the first impression Luis Castillo needed to make.
He had nine games to earn a spot on the Phillies’ 25-man roster since signing a Minor League contract yesterday.
It’s down to eight, maybe seven.
The Phillies said yesterday morning they expected Castillo to arrive in Clearwater yesterday afternoon. When I stepped into the clubhouse this morning the Phillies had Castillo hitting second and playing second base today against the Blue Jays in Dunedin. He had a locker between Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez. He had a number: 3. But about 30 minutes later Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin unpinned the lineup card from the bulletin board, took out some Wite-Out and and removed Castillo’s name from the lineup. He wrote Wilson Valdez‘s name in his place.
Castillo is not in camp.
He apparently could not make the journey from Miami in time, despite reaching agreement with the Phillies on Sunday night.
Interestingly, Mackanin later posted tomorrow’s lineup against the Rays in Port Charlotte. Castillo is not in that lineup, either. That does not mean he cannot play tomorrow. He could, but for the moment his name is not listed anywhere on the lineup card.
ESPN Deportes said Castillo is flying from Miami to Tampa, and could play in a Minor League game.