Castro was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday, Nick Groke of The Denver Post reports. The Rockies trimmed their roster down to exactly 40 men Thursday with the move to option Castro down to Triple-A. Castro struck out four batters while allowing zero runs across 5.1 innings of work this spring. He figures to provide depth out of the bullpen at Albuquerque for most of the season.
Castro signed a minor league contract with the Rockies on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training. Castro pitched well with Triple-A Albuquerque last season, but he failed to perform well once he received a promotion to the majors. It will be tough for Castro to crack the Rockies bullpen unless significant improvements are made.
The Rockies have designated veteran reliever Rafael Betancourt for assignment, possibly ending the pitcher's career, per the Denver Post. Betancourt was 2-4 with one save and a 6.18 ERA in 45 games for the Rockies this season. He told the paper that he was considering retirement after 12 MLB seasons with the Cleveland and Colorado. The Rockies also recalled right-handed pitcher Jairo Diaz and selected the contract of right-hander Simon Castro.
The Rockies signed reliever Simon Castro to a minor-league deal on Friday, Baseball America reports. Castro pitched for Triple-A Charlotte and made four appearances in the majors last season. He posted a 5.83 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP last season in the minors.
The White Sox sent reliever Simon Castro outright to Triple-A Charlotte Friday, the team announced. Castro appeared in four games in 2013, going 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA and six strikeouts.
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