He showed up a day late and left a day early.
The Phillies released Luis Castillo today, ending a his brief tryout.
It looks lke the Phillies will go with Rule 5 pick Michael Martinez, who they would have had to give back if he didn't make the team.
Charlie Manuel, as per the usual, is stressing defense: [Philly Sports Daily]
“Defense is almost number one with pitching,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “Bad defense can make good pitching mediocre.”
In speaking with reporters at batting practice, Manuel said “Martinez is a really interesting guy. He can run, has a strong arm and great agility, he’s acrobatic in the field and his hitting is better than you think.”
Sage words on defense from Charlie.
Castillo's ability to handle the bat would have been useful in the lineup. But Chuck is going with defense.
Perhaps Jon Heyman put it best:
Well that sums it up.