The Mets may not release Castillo after all

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Remember that report over the weekend about the Mets maybe releasing Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez?  Maybe it’s just Perez:

Contrary to a weekend report that had the Mets considering releasing Luis Castillo, a club source Monday said the club has every intention of bringing him to spring training to compete for the second base job in 2011.

Not sure why you’d release Castillo now anyway. It’s not like any of the possible replacements — Daniel Murphy, Brad Emaus or Justin Turner — are stone cold locks.  Each has something to recommend him and, yes, Castillo is overpaid for what he does, but it’s entirely possible that he’d outperform those dudes. Unless someone actually wanted Castillo, which seems unlikely, I don’t see why you wouldn’t at least bring him to camp.

As for Perez, the article suggests that he wouldn’t be released unless and until he fell on his face at Port St. Lucie. Which will probably happen, of course, because he’s got nothin’.

 

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with left ankle injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.