According to the AP, familiar face Fabio Castro will join the Phillies for their four-game series with the Chicago Cubs.
Castro, 23, is 0-1 with a 3.30 ERA in 30 major league games, including one start. He spent most of the season bouncing between the starting rotation and bullpen for Reading and Lehigh Valley, going 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA in three games for the IronPigs, while going 8-2 with a 4.40 ERA and 105/52 K/BB ratio in 27 games with Reading. Still a young player, the Phils acquired him in 2006 from Texas as a Rule 5 player and kept him in the bullpen through the end of the season by rule. This is his first appearance with the club this season.
Beerleaguer: I’m going to assume the Phils have a couple dead left-handed arms in their pen. Scott Eyre has pitched 3 2-3 innings the last two nights, well beyond his usual limit, while J.C. Romero was unavailable in last night’s game. Castro is stretched out to pitch long innings, but expect the same live arm/no control pitcher we've seen before. This will be a tough assignment. Unlike the Mets, the Cubs are loaded with right-handed thunder that annihilates left-handed pitching.
Castro is a departure from what they've had all season in bullpen, that is, guys who can get the ball over consistently for strikes. He isn't a big-league caliber pitcher.
Just a note: Players must be on a team's 25-man roster as of Aug. 31 (Sunday) to be eligible for post-season play. The only exception is that a player on the 60-day disabled list may be replaced by another player from the team's 40-man roster (as of Aug. 31) who plays the same position.