As expected, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. confirmed this morning that going to the minors isn’t actually a possibility for Luis Castillo even though he signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies yesterday.
Instead, he’ll either convince the Phillies to put him on the Opening Day roster or become a free agent again in two weeks. In the meantime the Phillies will be out zero dollars if he doesn’t make the team, as the minor-league deal didn’t come with a 40-man roster spot or a guaranteed salary.
In other words it’s a 10-day tryout, which is even more reason to view the signing as a no-brainer for a team with middle infield depth issues right now.
The Dodgers pulled through the five-game Championship Series without Corey Seager, but they’re counting down the days until their prized slugger/shortstop can make his first World Series appearance. He still has a ways to go before he can return to the field, however. Bill Plunkett of the OC Register reports that while Seager has been hitting off a tee, taking soft toss and running the curves of the infield, he’ll need to practice hitting in a simulated game before he can rejoin the team next Tuesday.
The 23-year-old infielder went 3-for-15 with a triple and two RBI in the NLDS earlier this month. He was sidelined in Game 3 of the series after making a bad slide into second base and sustaining a lower back strain. Although he’s made fairly rapid progress in his recovery over the last two weeks, he’s not back at 100% just yet, and Roberts said he won’t make a final decision on his status until it gets closer to game time. Even if Seager makes a successful return to his starting position, the Dodgers may not get the same .295/.375/.479 hitter they relied on during the regular season.
Provided that everything goes smoothly over the next two days, though, there’s a decent chance Seager will find his way to the infield — or, at the very least, to the plate. “We’re very optimistic,” Roberts said Saturday. “Corey doesn’t want to be denied.”