Casilla inked a minor-league contract with Colorado on Thursday, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
Casilla was recently released by the Athletics after making 26 appearances with the club in 2018. During those outings, he logged a 3.16 ERA and 1.21 WHIP while accumulating a subpar 22:20 K:BB across 31.1 innings of relief. The 37-year-old will provide extra depth within the Rockies' system at the Triple-A level.
Casilla was released by Oakland on Thursday, Julian McWilliams of The Athletic Bay Area reports.
Casilla was designated for assignment Saturday, and he'll look to latch on elsewhere after being officially released. The 37-year-old right-hander had served as a reliever for the Athletics over the past two seasons.
Casilla was designated for assignment Saturday.
On the surface, the move is something of a surprise, as Casilla had a solid 3.16 ERA in 31.1 innings so far this season. His underlying numbers were poor, however, with a 16.7 percent strikeout rate and a 15.2 percent walk rate, so his low ERA seems primarily attributable to a .209 BABIP. Joey Wendelken's contract was selected in a corresponding move.
Casilla, who fired a scoreless inning in which he recorded two strikeouts in an extra-innings win over the Angels on Sunday, has logged 3.2 scoreless frames across three outings since returning from the disabled list with a shoulder injury.
Casilla has yet to issue a walk through that trio of appearances as well, always an encouraging sign for a pitcher with as many control issues as he typically exhibits. The 37-year-old has made significant improvements in both his ERA (2.84) and WHIP (1.07) over last season's respective 4.27 and 1.36 figures, but his fantasy utility remains limited in many formats due to his lack of hold and save opportunities.
Casilla (shoulder) was activated from the disabled list prior to Friday's game.
Casilla didn't wind up missing too much time on the DL after going down with a shoulder strain near the end of May, though this has been a consistent issue for the right-hander since spring training, so it's worth keeping an eye on moving forward. Over 16 appearances this year, Casilla has logged a 3.32 ERA and 1.15 WHIP with a 14:14 K:BB over 21.1 innings of relief.
Casilla (shoulder) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Friday according to manager Bob Melvin, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
The 37-year-old has made one rehab start, firing a scoreless first inning for High-A Stockton on Tuesday. That appears to have been enough to corroborate Casilla's return to health, and with the Athletics' bullpen still short-handed, his presence after a relatively brief absence would be a welcome sight.
Casilla (shoulder) fired a scoreless first inning for High-A Stockton against San Jose on Tuesday, allowing a hit and recording a strikeout.
The one hit he surrendered was a two-bagger, but Casilla was otherwise effective while getting nine of his 14 pitches into the strike zone. It was an efficient inning for the typically control-challenged veteran, who was making his first rehab appearance since going on the disabled list May 26. Casilla may log one more outing in the minors or possibly be deemed ready for activation.
Casilla (shoulder) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with High-A Stockton on Tuesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Casilla has been sidelined since May 26, but it sounds like he's already nearing a return to action. The A's will reevaluate him after Tuesday's appearance with the Ports, and if everything checks out OK, the veteran reliever could be back with the big club sometime this week.
Casilla (shoulder) was slated to throw a bullpen session Friday, Jordan Wolf of MLB.com reports.
The veteran reliever went on the disabled list last Saturday, so the fact he's already scheduled to resume throwing less than a full week later is certainly an encouraging sign. Prior to his injury, Casilla owned a 3.32 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 14:14 K:BB in 21.2 innings across 16 appearances.
Casilla (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
As expected, Casilla was sent to the shelf with a shoulder strain that has been bothering him since spring training. It's unclear how long the issue will keep him sidelined, but manager Bob Melvin is apparently hopeful that the veteran will only be forced to miss the 10-day minimum, per Slusser. Chris Bassitt was recalled from Triple-A Nashville in a corresponding roster move.
Casilla has a shoulder strain and is likely headed for the disabled list, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
Apparently, the issue is something that he's been dealing with since spring training. Casilla pitched through it effectively early on, but he's had issues with walks of late (12 free passes in his last six appearances). It's uncertain how much time Casilla will need to get right.
Casilla allowed a hit and two walks in a scoreless ninth inning during a loss to the Mariners on Wednesday.
The 37-year-old reliever had faltered to an extent each of his last two times on the mound, yielding a combined four earned runs over the four innings encompassing those outings. While the scoreless effort was certainly a welcome sight, Casilla's career-long control issues persist, and he's now issued multiple walks in five consecutive appearances. However, his ability to work multiple innings as needed and his extensive experience figure to continue affording him a heavy workload.
Casilla allowed an earned run on two hits and two walks across two innings in a loss to the Yankees on Sunday. He also recorded two strikeouts.
The outing highlighted some of Casilla's strengths and weaknesses, as he struggled with his control on his way to equaling a career-high 44 pitches but got himself out of trouble by missing bats as well. The 37-year-old reliever saw a four-appearance scoreless streak snapped, and he's now issued multiple free passes in three straight outings.
Casilla fired a scoreless ninth inning in a loss to the Astros on Tuesday, allowing a hit, uncorking a wild pitch and issuing two walks.
The veteran reliever needed 20 pitches to get through his one frame due to location issues. Despite the inconsistency Tuesday, Casilla has notably been sharper overall than he was last season, and his current 0.60 WHIP qualifies as a career-best mark. However, Casilla has also benefited from the unsustainable .138 BABIP, a figure that could lead to some regression on his part once it inevitably begins to rise.
Casilla fired a scoreless eighth inning in a loss to the Mariners on Thursday, recording a strikeout.
The veteran reliever had given up multiple earned runs for the first time this season during his most recent appearance last Sunday, so the scoreless frame was a welcome sight. Casilla continues to demonstrate pinpoint control thus far this season after a downturn in that regard in 2017. Factoring in Thursday's appearance, the 37-year-old sports a sparkling 11:2 K:BB over 12 innings across nine appearances.
Casilla allowed two earned runs on a hit, a walk and a hit batsman over one inning in a loss to the Astros on Sunday. He also recorded a strikeout.
Casilla has been one of manager Bob Melvin's most reliable relief options, but he produced perhaps his shakiest outing of the season Sunday. The veteran right-hander hurt his own cause by walking Josh Reddick with one out and then plunking Alex Bergman to put the latter in scoring position. A Marwin Gonzalez RBI single and Brian McCann sacrifice fly later, Casilla had given up multiple earned runs for the first time in eight appearances. Despite the hiccup, Casilla could continue seeing opportunities in high-leverage situations as a result of both his solid performances and the struggles of bullpen mates Chris Hatcher and Emilio Pagan, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
Casilla struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning in a win over the Astros on Friday.
The veteran right-hander continues to look exceedingly sharp, as he fired six of his efficient eight pitches for strikes while getting through his one frame Friday. Casilla has issued only one free pass all season, and his fourth consecutive scoreless effort over the last five appearances lowered his ERA to 1.80 and his WHIP to a minuscule 0.30.
Casilla notched his first save of the season in a win over the Rangers on Tuesday, pitching a clean ninth inning.
Casilla returned to the role of closer for the night after Blake Treinen was forced from the game with a bruised shin from a line drive off the bat of Shin-Soo Choo. The 37-year-old got through his frame on an efficient 11 pitches, seven of which he threw for strikes. Casilla has been much sharper to open the season than he was for most of 2017, a season in which he posted his highest ERA (4.27) and WHIP (1.36) since 2009. With Treinen now considered day-to-day, there's a chance Casilla sees additional save opportunities in the short term.
Casilla fired two scoreless innings in a 6-1 loss to the Angels on Sunday, recording three strikeouts.
This version of Casilla was rarely to be found as the 2017 season unfolded, leading to the veteran eventually losing a grip on the regular closer's job. He's looked a tad rejuvenated to open this season, with Sunday's outing representing his second two-inning scoreless effort over his first three appearances. Casilla has been missing some bats, as well, compiling six strikeouts over his first five innings. While the strong performance out of the gate is encouraging, Casilla's early usage pattern seems to imply that manager Bob Melvin will be relatively judicious with how often he's deployed. However, it also appears he won't hesitate to utilize the veteran for more than one inning if he's had sufficient time between outings.
Casilla fired a pair of scoreless innings in Sunday's 7-4 loss to the Angels, recording one strikeout.
He was hyper-focused in his season debut, needing just 12 pitches -- 11 of which found the strike zone -- to get six outs. Casilla projects to see plenty of setup work this season ahead of projected closer Blake Treinen, and as he aptly demonstrated Sunday, he can still churn out the occasional multi-inning appearance when called upon.
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|2013||AFA-San Jose Giants||5.0||5||2||0||0||0||0||2||5||7||5.40||2.400|
|2014||AFA-San Jose Giants||3.0||2||2||0||0||0||0||3||1||0||0.00||0.333|