Luis Castillo made us wait. He was originally in the lineup for yesterday’s game but was a late scratch saying there was a miscommunication between Castillo and his agent. Waiting to see the new Phillie in action you had to wonder if he would be worth the wait. Well, not exactly. Castillo had no hits in four at bats today against the Rays. He did play second base and occupied the second spot in the lineup behind Jimmy Rollins.
Usually this Phillies team can overshadow an 0-fer day at the plate but hits did not come easy today. Rays’ starter James Shields went seven innings and only allowed four hits. Michael Martinez did have two hits for the Phillies playing third base. Martinez is hitting .293 for the Spring.
Roy Oswalt started the game for the Phillies but didn’t make it out of the fourth inning. Entering the fourth Oswalt had allowed one run and two hits while striking out four. Evan Longoria took Oswalt deep to start the fourth and Manny Ramirez followed that up lining a ball right off ole Roy’s neck for a single. Oswalt got up and sort of smiled before heading to the dugout as David Herndon finished the inning. Oswalt should be fine and make his next scheduled start. X-rays were negative on his neck/right ear area and he has been diagnosed with a neck bruise. Breathe easy Nation.