… because he’s been released by the Phillies.
Beerleaguer: Thank God. As thin as they are at second, I was loathe to watch a Punch-and-Judy burnout like Castillo live out his golden years draining the lifeblood from an already fragile offense. I’m proud of the Phillies, friend of the aged, for seeing through the smoke and mirrors. Good for you, Luis, you can take a walk against minor league pitching in Spring Training. He’s such a sh*theel, I can’t even stand it. I was rooting so hard against him, you have no idea.
With Castillo kicked aside, Wilson Valdez is expected to start at second base. Meanwhile, Delwyn Young and Pete Orr have been given a new life – one of them will probably make the roster, or they could consider adding recently acquired second baseman Kevin Frandsen, who was signed to a minor league deal Monday. As I said before, I'd go with Young, because at the end of the day, you need a pinch hitter most.
But take caution. Everyone keeps saying that Rule 5 pick Michael Marinez appears to have made the opening-day roster. Yeah, and everyone thought Castillo was a lock, too. Teams have until Thursday morning to finalize their Opening Day rosters, and don't be surprised if they have another move up their sleeve. I love it.
Game chat: The Phillies play their final exhibition game this afternoon at 4:05 against the Pirates. Cole Hamels receives a final tune-up before his first regular-season start, which will come against the Mets next week.