Castillo fired one scoreless inning Tuesday as he earned the save in Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros. He allowed no hits and two walks while striking out two.
After striking out Josh Reddick to begin the ninth inning, Castillo got into some trouble as he issued two consecutive walks with one out. However, he was able to close the door by striking out Jose Altuve before forcing a flyout to end the game. Both Castillo and Pete Fairbanks now have two saves during this postseason.
Castillo earned the save Sunday in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Astros. He allowed one hit while striking out one batter over 1.2 scoreless innings.
Castillo entered the game in the eighth with the bases loaded and managed to escape the jam with a single pitch -- he got Yuli Gurriel to ground into an inning-ending double play. He then worked around a single in the ninth to earn his first save of the postseason. Peter Fairbanks has notched two saves during these playoffs while Nick Anderson has worked as part of the bridge to the ninth.
Castillo was credited with his fourth hold in a win over the Mets on Monday, firing 1.1 perfect innings during which he recorded a strikeout.
The fact Castillo needed just 11 pitches to record four outs underscores his level of efficiency Monday, with his clean outing pulling his ERA down to an elite 1.74. The right-hander has been one of manager Kevin Cash's most trusted relief assets all season, allowing just four runs across 21 appearances and also going 4-for-5 in save situations in addition to his setup work.
Castillo (3-0) blew the save but picked up the win in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Orioles, giving up one hit and walking three batters over 1.2 scoreless innings. He struck out one.
Brought into a 1-0 game in the sixth inning and a runner on second, Castillo was tagged for an RBI single by Ryan Mountcastle, but the Rays rallied back in the top of the seventh to make the right-hander the winner. It was the first time since Aug. 7 that Castillo issued multiple free passes in an outing, and his 1.86 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 21:11 K:BB through 19.1 innings should keep him in the high-leverage mix for Tampa over the final days of the season.
Castillo gave up a hit and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning Saturday to record his fourth save of the season in a 5-4 win over the Red Sox.
The veteran right-hander continues to be an integral part of the Rays' high-leverage bullpen crew. Castillo has been scored upon only once in his last seven appearances, a stretch during which he has all four of his saves. On the year he boasts a 2.04 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 20:8 K:BB through 17.2 innings.
Castillo pitched a perfect eighth inning with one strikeout against the Marlins on Friday to earn his third hold of the season.
The Rays were ahead 5-4 when starter Josh Fleming exited the game, and manager Kevin Cash went with Ryan Thompson, Peter Fairbanks, Castillo and Nick Anderson (in that order) to close things out. It was Anderson's first appearance back from the injured list and fourth save of the season. Castillo has been great with a 2.30 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and three saves in 17 appearances, but if this one game is any indication, he's going to play second fiddle with Anderson back.
Castillo gave up a hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Monday to record his third save of the season in a 5-3 win over the Yankees.
All three of his saves have come in his last three appearances, as Castillo makes a strong push to keep the closer job even after the rest of the Rays' high-leverage crew gets healthy. On the season, he has a 1.98 ERA and 16:7 K:BB through 13.2 innings.
Castillo allowed a hit and a walk while striking out a batter in a scoreless ninth inning to earn his second save of 2020.
Castillo retired the first two batters he faced and then proceeded to make things interesting after allowing a double to Garrett Cooper and walking Jonathan Villar before getting Jorge Alfaro to ground out to end the game. Castillo has picked up two saves in a span of three days as it appears he has slotted into the Rays closer role for now.
Castillo struck out two and did not allow a baserunner to earn the save Wednesday against the Orioles.
Castillo was called upon to protect a one-run lead and needed only 12 pitches to secure his first save of the campaign. He has been excellent to this point in the season, maintaining a 2.31 ERA with 14 strikeouts across 11.2 innings. While he has regularly pitched in high-leverage roles, this was Castillo's first save chance of the season, which he likely earned due to the absences of Nick Anderson (forearm), Oliver Drake (biceps), Chaz Roe (elbow) and Jose Alvarado (shoulder). With at least a few of those injuries expected to be only short-term, the Rays will likely continue to mix and match the closer role for the remainder of the season.
Castillo (2-0) was credited with the victory in a win over the Yankees on Thursday despite allowing an earned run on one hit over two-thirds of an inning. He also recorded one strikeout.
The right-hander had a brief but interesting stint on the mound after coming on in the fifth inning, as he allowed a two-run home run to Gio Urshela that gave the Yankees a temporary 4-3 lead. Manuel Margot, Joey Wendle and Mike Zunino then bailed out Castillo by sparking a five-run sixth inning for the Rays, setting the reliever up for his second win of the season. Castillo had yet to allow a run this season before Urshela's round tripper, and he still boasts a 1.08 ERA and 0.96 WHIP across 10 appearances.
Castillo, who fired a clean eighth inning during which he recorded two strikeouts in a win over the Red Sox on Tuesday, has yet to be scored on over seven appearances this season.
The right-handed reliever has also allowed just a single hit while forging an 8:3 K:BB across 5.2 innings, underscoring how effective he's been. Castillo has one victory and no holds or save chances, so while he hasn't been an elite fantasy asset by any stretch, his real-world value to the Rays bullpen is unquestioned.
Castillo (1-0) was credited with the win in Monday's rout of the Braves, firing a scoreless fifth inning during which he didn't allow any hits or walks and recorded two strikeouts.
Just activated from the paternity list earlier in the day, Castillo was put right to work after starter Tyler Glasnow already had Toronto hitters reeling with nine strikeouts over the first four frames. Castillo kept up the trend of missing bats, firing eight of his 10 pitches into the strike zone while retiring Austin Riley and William Contreras for his two strikeouts. The right-hander's strong start is an encouraging sign manager Kevin Cash has yet another viable weapon in his bullpen arsenal to attack with in the shortened season.
Castillo was activated from the paternity list Monday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com report.
Previous reports indicated that Castillo wouldn't return from the paternity list just yet, but those reports were evidently incorrect. Whether he's ready to pitch Monday remains to be seen, however. Daniel Robertson was optioned in a corresponding move.
Castillo (personal) isn't expected back from paternity leave Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Castillo's three-day leave officially ended Sunday, but manager Kevin Cash stated he wasn't expecting to see his reliever Monday, adding "it would be a nice surprise if that happens." The Rays have the option of placing Castillo on either the family medical or restricted list if his time away from the team is still projected to extend a few more days.
Castillo was placed on the paternity list by the Rays on Friday, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.
The 26-year-old will end up missing Opening Day in order to be with his family for the birth of his child. The paternity list usually carries a three-day maximum absence, but Castillo could be gone a bit longer due to the protocols for COVID-19. Nick Anderson and Jose Alvarado remain in the mix for closer's duties for the Rays.
Castillo's absence from the Rays' camp workout last week was not COVID-related, but rather a family issue that he had to go home to attend to, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
The team is confident that Castillo will be ready for Opening Day. "Diego has been with us the entire six weeks leading up and throwing bullpens," manager Kevin Cash said. "I think he even had a live [BP] one time, so he'll be totally fine. But we say that barring [any] setbacks. With most of our one-inning relievers, we don't see much of an issue, with two weeks to go, to build them up."
Castillo (undisclosed) was spotted on the field Monday at the Rays' summer camp workout, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
At least in the portions of summer camp that were available to the media, Castillo hadn't been seen working out with the team since July 7 due to an unspecified reason. Now that he's back in the fold, Castillo looks like he'll be on track to make the Rays' Opening Day roster and presumably fill a key late-inning role for the team.
Castillo has not been present at Rays summer camp for the last four days, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
The reliever was present for the early days of camp, even impressing in a live batting practice session Monday. However, Toribio's report implies Castillo's most recent workout was Tuesday, and because teams are prohibited from officially disclosing which players aren't in attendance for workouts, the reason for Castillo's absence remains unknown.
Castillo was impressive in a live batting practice at Monday's summer camp workouts, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
The 26-year-old had already been working out at Tropicana Field prior to the start of summer camp, so his effective performance Monday wasn't necessarily surprising. Castillo faced Willy Adames and Kevin Kiermaier in the session, and manager Kevin Cash noted the right-hander looked "really, really crisp" while also remarking Adames was left wide-eyed in admiration at the reliever's stuff.
Castillo was one of several pitchers to complete a long-toss session at Tropicana Field on Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The 26-year-old was joined by bullpen mates Jose Alvarado and Nick Anderson in getting work in Monday, and the group could be throwing live batting practice to teammates by Wednesday, as per Topkin. Castillo is still expected to have an important eighth-inning role in 2020 ahead of the likely closer duo of Anderson and Alvarado, but with a 60-game regular season now on the horizon, it's possible manager Kevin Cash also uses the trio (including Castillo) more liberally in the late innings than he would have in a more conventional campaign.
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|10/09||vs NYY||W 2-1||1||0||0||2.0||0||0||1||4|
|10/07||@ NYY||W 8-4||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|10/06||vs NYY||W 7-5||0||0||0||1.0||1||0||1||2|
|09/29||vs TOR||W 3-1||0||0||0||0.2||1||0||0||1|
|09/26||vs PHI||W 4-3||0||0||0||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|09/21||@ NYM||W 2-1||0||0||0||1.1||0||0||0||1|
|09/17||@ BAL||W 3-1||1||0||0||1.2||1||0||3||1|
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|2015||AFX-Bowling Green Hot Ro||9.1||5||0||0||0||0||1||4||4||8||4.95||1.319|
|2015||ASX-Hudson Valley Renega||23.1||13||0||0||1||2||4||24||7||19||2.34||1.125|
|2016||AFX-Bowling Green Hot Ro||40.0||24||0||0||1||3||7||50||11||34||2.02||1.125|
|2016||AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab||20.1||14||0||0||2||3||3||17||6||28||4.92||1.692|