Castro (neck) should be available out of the bullpen Wednesday against the Cubs, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports. The righty's neck stiffness has improved, according to manager Luis Rojas. Before suffering the injury and yielding two runs June 11, Castro had held opponents to just one run in his previous 8.2 innings of work as one of the Mets' most trusted late-inning relievers.
Castro left Friday's game against the Padres with a stiff neck, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. He gave up two runs on two hits and a walk while recording one out via a strikeout before exiting. It's unclear if he is day-to-day or if he could end up on the injured list.
Castro (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings and allowed just one walk, earning the win Wednesday versus Arizona. Castro kept Arizona off the board in the seventh and eighth innings. Pete Alonso put the Mets ahead in the top of the ninth, and Edwin Diaz converted the save. Castro owns a 2.66 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 31:12 K:BB across 23.2 innings, He's also collected four holds and blown a pair of save chances along the way, and he should continue to be in the mix for high-leverage work.
Castro (1-1) picked up the win Tuesday against the Rockies, striking out four over two scoreless innings while walking one. The right-hander was the first pitcher out of the bullpen after Jacob deGrom got the hook following five strong innings in his return to the rotation, and Castro was rewarded for his dominant effort when the Mets took the lead for good in the sixth. On the season, the 26-year-old has three holds in addition to his win with a 2.79 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 30:10 K:BB through 19.1 innings.
Castro started and struck out a batter in a perfect first inning Tuesday in the Mets' 4-3 win over Atlanta. He didn't factor into the decision. Rather than summoning a starter from Triple-A Syracuse to aid a banged-up rotation, the Mets opted for a bullpen game Tuesday. Castro was the first of seven pitchers to work Tuesday, getting through the opening inning unscathed before Tommy Hunter took over. Castro has posted a 3.14 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 21:8 K:BB across 14.1 innings over his 15 appearances on the season.
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