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May 15, 2010

Alberto Castillo expected to join O's tomorrow.

We won't know definitively until tomorrow morning, but I'm told that left-hander Alberto Castillo is the guy who will be summoned to the majors to take Rhyne Hughes' spot on the roster.

It will be Castillo's second stint with the Orioles this year. He went 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in six appearances for the Orioles before he was optioned back to Norfolk on May 5.

For Triple-A Norfolk this season, Castillo has a 3.38 ERA and two saves in eight appearances.

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 11:44 PM | | Comments (8)


I have a feeling that Castillo has quite a few people in the front office pulling for him. He's a good story of a guy from Cuba who is fighting hard to earn a shot. If the Orioles fans got to know his life story I think they might root for him to make it too. If only for a single season, here's a player who's been scrapping through the minors for all of his 14 year career, only to get a shot this season. Just imagine that. How many other players would have packed it in, say, at year 8? You just want to see a guy like this succeed a la George Sherrill.

Eddie in NYC. Actually, I would just like George Sherrill.

Well, maybe Castillo can do the job. It seems like as soon as you start trusting the pen to do the job they up and blow the game. This one was just plain ugly -- 8 runs in the 9th inning! Boo, indeed.

What's the difference, DT will misuse him too.

By all means bring up more relievers so DT can screw up more games. Why does he play bullpen bingo all of the time? Why does he not have ay flexibility and leave pitchers alone to do their job. I certainly do not blame Simon- DT messed up the whole game by his management of the pen.

Alberto Castillo has been up with the Orioles before and at times has pitched well but a 5.40 ERA does not warrant him being in the major leagues. If this is the best the Orioles have it doesn't say much for our relief corps in the minor leagues. It doesn't make any difference where he is from or the hardship he has gone through. The bottom line is can you get batters out.

The biggest impact promotion from Triple A would be Gary Allenson. We need a Skip with a pair!

make trades for -livan hernandez--send wash-3 minors -OZWALt-send 3 to houstepitts burgh would trade andy laroache -zach duke -meeke -send them 5 minors they will need pitching to get through-and a new infield by next season -roberts may be finished they better start NOW.

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