Castillo will be the first pitcher in a bullpen game for Game 4 of the ALDS against the Astros on Tuesday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Bullpen games helped get the Rays to the playoffs, so there's little reason for them to stop now. The team has yet to announce who will follow Castillo.
Castillo earned his fifth win against the Red Sox on Saturday and has a 3-0 record, 0.82 WHIP and 16:3 K:BB across 11 innings in September.
Castillo has turned into one of the aces of the relief corps for manager Kevin Cash at the most critical time of year, all but eliminating the control issues that had frequently plagued him over the course of the season and doing a much better job of keeping the ball in the park. The right-hander has been deployed in a variety of roles -- including as a multi-inning asset -- but his impressive stuff renders him a viable setup option behind closer Emilio Pagan.
Castillo (4-8) was credited with the victory in an extra-innings win over the Red Sox on Friday, firing a scoreless 11th inning during which he walked one and struck out two.
Castillo worked through the quartet of Xander Bogaerts, Gorkys Hernandez, Brock Holt and Mitch Moreland on 14 pitches, preserving a 4-4 tie. Willy Adames subsequently made a winner out of Castillo in the home half of the 11th with a walkoff single, extending what's been a remarkable month for the previously embattled reliever. After allowing eight runs (seven earned) across the five innings covering his last four appearances of August, Castillo has a seven-outing scoreless streak in September that includes three multi-inning tallies and a 15:3 K:BB in 10 innings.
Castillo (3-8) tossed two shutout innings in relief, allowing one hit with no walks and three strikeouts to earn a victory against the Orioles in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday.
The Rays went with the opener strategy in the nightcap, and no reliever tossed more than two frames. Castillo took the win with the Rays getting the lead for good while he was in the game. It improved his record to 3-8, and he also has a 3.79 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 66 strikeouts in 57 innings this season.
Castillo will serve as the opener for Saturday's game against the Indians, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
Castillo is set to toss the first inning or so before making way for Jalen Beeks, who's set to serve as the primary pitcher. Castillo owns a 3.76 ERA with 60 strikeouts across 52.2 innings this season.
Castillo (2-7) took the loss after allowing one run on three hits while striking out two over two innings Sunday against the Orioles.
Castillo gave up an RBI single in the first inning, and he'd ultimately be hit with the loss in an 8-3 series finale. He owns a 3.48 ERA and 1.32 WHIP with a 60:21 K:BB over 51.2 innings this season, though he's surrendered three runs over his last two appearances (three innings).
Castillo will work as an opener Sunday against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Castillo will once again work ahead of primary pitcher Jalen Beeks in Sunday's series finale. Castillo allowed two earned runs during his last outing Tuesday, ending a stretch of 10 straight innings without surrendering an earned run.
The Rays will deploy Castillo as an opener ahead of bulk reliever Jalen Beeks in Tuesday's game against the Mariners, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Castillo has worked as an opener on three occasions this season, covering an inning each time and yielding one unearned run. The right-hander hasn't been quite as dominant in 2019 as he was last season, but he's been sharp since returning from the injured list coming out of the All-Star break. In his 16 second-half outings, Castillo has posted a 1.26 ERA and 18:5 K:BB in 14.1 innings.
Castillo served as the opener in a win against the Padres on Monday, allowing an unearned run on two hits in one inning.
Castillo hasn't allowed an earned run in eight straight appearances, but he did get into some trouble Monday when Matt Duffy's error allowed leadoff hitter Fernando Tatis Jr. to reach. Eric Hosmer eventually doubled him home. Castillo was nevertheless sharp in terms of location, throwing 13 of 16 pitches for strikes and inducing five groundballs overall. Despite the slight stumble Monday, Castillo has been mostly reliable since a rough June (eight earned runs allowed over five innings), generating a 1.74 ERA across the 10.1 innings encompassing the 13 appearances he's logged since that point.
Castillo will serve as Tampa Bay's opener in Monday's game against the Padres.
Castillo has only worked two innings as an opener this season, allowing a hit and no runs over that span. The right-hander heads into Monday's outing with a seven-appearance scoreless streak, during which he's recorded a victory, two holds and a save.
Castillo (2-6) earned the win Tuesday against the Blue Jays by allowing zero baserunners and recording one strikeout during a scoreless 10th inning.
Castillo had no issues during the top of the 10th inning, delivering nine of his 13 pitches for strikes to retire the side in order. The 25-year-old has a 1.93 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 11:4 K:BB with one save and three holds in his last 12 outings.
Castillo will serve as the opener Saturday against the Marlins, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Castillo worked as an opener last Friday for the first time this season and delivered a perfect first inning. The 25-year-old has a 3.73 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 47:19 K:BB through 41 innings and is 8-for-9 in save opportunities working in a flexible role for the Rays.
Castillo picked up the save after fanning two across 0.2 innings Sunday against Toronto.
Castillo was called on with one out in the bottom of the ninth in a one-run ballgame, and he was able to secure the victory by retiring the final two batters via the strikeout. This marks the 25-year-old's first save since June 16, as he's slotted into a variety of roles lately for the Rays. Castillo served as the opener for Friday's clash.
Castillo served as the opener in Friday's win over the Blue Jays and fired a perfect first inning. He did not record any strikeouts during the appearance.
Manager Kevin Cash decided to give Castillo a change of scenery of sorts, rolling him out as an opener for the first time this season. The 25-year-old responded in fine fashion, bouncing back from a hiccup against the Red Sox in his prior outing Tuesday, when he'd allowed two earned runs on two hits without getting an out. Outside of that bump in the road, Castillo has been much steadier since returning from a shoulder injury to open the second half, generating scoreless efforts in his five other second-half outings.
Castillo will serve as the opener Friday against the Blue Jays, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Castillo worked as an opener 11 times last season, though this will be his first time in that role this year. With Castillo getting the ball first, the Rays will likely to turn to Emilio Pagan should a save opportunity arise.
Castillo, who fired a scoreless inning during which he allowed one hit and recorded two strikeouts in a loss to the White Sox on Friday, has logged 3.1 scoreless frames over three appearances since his return from the injured list.
Castillo has also notched a hold and five strikeouts over that span, certainly encouraging after he surrendered six earned runs over 1.2 innings across his final two appearances before hitting the IL with shoulder inflammation. The 25-year-old's struggles may have well been due to his worsening physical issues, with his aforementioned trio of appearances since returning lending credence to that notion. Although he's yet to see a save chance since his return, Castillo should be in line for a fair share of them with Jose Alvarado (oblique) still projected to be out for multiple weeks.
Castillo (shoulder) was activated from the 10-day injured list Thursday.
As expected, Castillo will be available to pitch in Friday's matchup with the Orioles after coming off the shelf. He's been on the injured list since June 23 due to right shoulder inflammation, but he successfully completed his rehab stint and should be an option in save situations moving forward, especially with Jose Alvarado (oblique) out of the mix for the near future.
Castillo (shoulder) expects to return from the injured list prior to Friday's game against the Orioles, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
Castillo has been on the injured list since late June. There will be less competition for saves once he returns with Jose Alvarado sidelined for at least six weeks with an oblique strain, though Emilio Pagan remains a ninth-inning option as well.
Castillo (shoulder) fired a scoreless third inning during which he issued a walk and recorded a strikeout in the Gulf Coast League Rays' loss to the GCL Red Sox on Tuesday.
Castillo threw just nine pitches overall, five of which found the strike zone. It was an encouraging appearance for the recovering reliever, who may just need one more outing before potentially being activated when first eligible Friday. Castillo should walk into relatively frequent save opportunities when he does get back into action, as he and Emilio Pagan are expected to share the closer role while Jose Alvarado (oblique) is sidelined for what is projected to be six weeks at minimum.
Castillo (shoulder) began a rehab assignment with the Rays' Gulf Coast League affiliate on Tuesday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Castillo has been out with shoulder inflammation since late June. It's not clear how many rehab appearances he'll require, but he should be back early in the second half of the season if not right away when play resumes Friday. He'll likely have extra opportunities for saves in the near future with Jose Alvarado (oblique) out for 6-to-8 weeks.
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