In 10 Grapefruit League innings, 23-year-old left-hander Fabio Castro failed to impress, allowing seven runs while fanning only three. [Link]
The move marks the first casualty of a player believed to have at least a remote chance of breaking camp. The live-armed lefty has been circling the Major League wagons since 2006, but his development took an unconventional turn as a Rule 5 player and he's missed considerable development time because of it. The assignment to Double-A Reading suggests he could be stretched out as a starter; the rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley appears to be set with a mix of veterans and older prospects. At this point, it’s tough to get a handle on where Castro is at, and how the Phils intend to use him.
Castro’s departure means two left-handers remain in the mix for spots in the bullpen: Rule 5 pick Travis Blackley, whose had a mixed spring, and non-roster invitee Vic Darensbourg, who has not been mentioned as a possibility in any report. One has to assume the Phils are seeking help from the outside as spare parts begin to shake loose from other clubs.
Game chat: Jamie Moyer matches up with Tampa Bay’s Edwin Jackson this afternoon at Progress Energy Park.