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Castillo, who is out for the year with a tear in the medial collateral ligament of his left knee, was moved to the 60-day disabled list over the weekend. He finishes the 2005 season at .268 with 11 home runs and 53 RBI in 100 games.
Further tests on Castillo's ailing left knee have revealed a tear in the medial collateral ligament, an injury that will keep him sidelined for the rest of the 2005 campaign. The Pirates' second baseman, who was hurt while turning a double play against the Cardinals earlier this week, is not expected to need surgery. He finishes the season batting .268 with 11 home runs and 53 RBIs in 100 games.
The Pirates placed Castillo on the 15-day disabled list Monday night after the second baseman suffered a knee injury. He injured his left knee while turning a double play against the Cardinals. An MRI is scheduled for Tuesday to determine the extent of the damage. Ty Wigginton was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis to replace Castillo.
Castillo's recent hot hitting continued in Thursday's win over the Colorado Rockies, as he went 3-for-5 with a triple, three RBI and two runs scored. Over his last five games, the Pirates' second baseman is 10-for-22 (.455) with three doubles and seven RBI.
Castillo was 2-for-2 with a run scored in Monday's loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, but tweaked his leg while running the bases and was pulled from the Pirates' lineup as a precautionary measure. The second baseman will be re-evaluated on Tuesday, but his ailment is not considered serious.
Battling chest pain related to asthma, Castillo was forced to leave in the sixth inning of Wednesday's meeting with the Washington Nationals. According to the Pirates, the ailment is minor, and the second baseman will be available for Thursday's action. He was replaced in the lineup by Freddy Sanchez.
Following nearly a month-long absence due to a strained left oblique muscle, Castillo has been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The infielder takes the roster spot of Alfredo Amezaga, who was designated for assignment. Castillo is 0-for-4 with two strikeouts so far this season after batting .256 with eight home runs, 39 RBI and three stolen bases in 129 games with Pittsburgh in 2004.
Castillo eventually should reclaim the starting job at second base, but for the time being, he might be forced to split time with Rob Mackowiak, who as filled in at the position during his absence.
Castillo was scheduled to begin his minor league rehab stint at Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday. The infielder, who is sidelined with a strained oblique muscle, was supposed to begin the rehab assignment earlier in the week, but it was pushed back after he experienced neck stiffness while taking batting practice.
Castillo was cleared to take some batting practice in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, as he continues to recover from a strained left oblique muscle. The Pirates' second baseman is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list as early as Friday, but he is expected to go on a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis prior to returning to the major league club. Rob Mackowiak will remain the primary starter at second in his absence.
The Pirates are not going to rush Castillo back into action, so he'll likely be out for at least another week. He is 0-for-4 with two strikeouts so far this season after batting .256 with eight home runs, 39 RBI and three stolen bases in 129 games with Pittsburgh in 2004.
Castillo's strained left oblique muscle continues to recover, and the Pirates are optimistic that the infielder will be ready to begin a minor league rehab assignment early next week. He should be cleared to resume swinging a bat within the next several days. Until Castillo is activated from the disabled list, Rob Mackowiak will remain the primary starter at second base, with Bobby Hill and Freddy Sanchez occasionally getting the call.
Castillo is 0-for-4 with two strikeouts so far this season after batting .256 with eight home runs, 39 RBI and three stolen bases in 129 games with Pittsburgh in 2004.
Castillo's strained left oblique muscle is serious enough to warrant a trip to the 15-day disabled list. The Pirates' second baseman, who suffered the injury during an at-bat in the second inning of Wednesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers, will be replaced on the active roster by outfielder Chris Duffy.
With Castillo sidelined until late April, Bobby Hill, Rob Mackowiak and Freddy Sanchez all could see time at second. Castillo is 0-for-4 with two strikeouts so far this season after batting .256 with eight home runs, 39 RBI and three stolen bases in 129 games with Pittsburgh in 2004.
Castillo strained an oblique muscle in his left side during an at-bat in the second inning of Wednesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. The second baseman was removed from the game and replaced in the Pirates' lineup by Rob Mackowiak. He will be evaluated by the team's medical staff to determine the extent of the injury.
For now, consider Castillo as day-to-day. He is 0-for-4 with two strikeouts so far this season after batting .256 with eight home runs, 39 RBI and three stolen bases in 129 games with Pittsburgh in 2004.