The 22-year-old left-hander appeared in five games earlier this season, all in relief. The former Rule 5 pick would fill the void left by Cole Hamels and match up with San Diego's Greg Maddux. [Link]
It’s difficult to determine what the Phillies are shooting for here. The club had been stretching Castro as a starter in Triple-A Ottawa, but his longest outing was six innings and he started only six times. In stops with Double-A Reading and Triple-A Ottawa, he’s 7-5 with a 3.50 ERA and 67/36 K/BB ratio, the better numbers coming at Reading. The last we saw of Castro, he couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat.
The announcement was listed in tonight's game preview on Phillies.com, but nowhere else as of this posting. So perhaps Castro is just a place-holder. Left-hander J.A. Happ, whose turn falls Saturday, had been mentioned here and elsewhere as a fill-in candidate and has the hottest hand at Ottawa. Adam Eaton is on the 15-day DL retroactive to Aug. 11, but I have no clue whether he can come off the DL Saturday, which would be the 15th day. I doubt it. If he can, and if he's healthy, Eaton would be a better option than Castro, right?
Actually, the best option would be to wake up and forget this little Hamels nightmare ever happened.