Fabio Castro has been called up to the Phillies. Andrew Carpenter, who pitched one inning in his first major league appearance, was sent down to AA Reading.
In 25 games at Reading this season, Castro has gone 8-1 with a 4.20 ERA, 80 K and 44 walks. He’s been used primarily as a starter, but has relief history, especially with the Phillies. In two seasons with the Phils he has gone 0-1 with a 3.05 ERA in 26 games.
Castro will likely go into the bullpen as a middle reliever capable of facing lefties. He’s not that good against righties. So suddenly the Phils have three left-handed relievers. It’s possible this move was made because Scott Eyre needs a rest (he has pitched four innings in the last two days), but could it be someone is hurt?
Note: This was astutely brought up by a Beerleaguer poster. Because he was optioned to the minors, Carpenter has now wasted an option. An option is the franchise’s ability to send someone to and from the majors during a season. An option is one season. Each player has three options. Now, if Carpenter never was sent down (the Phils could’ve waited until Monday when the rosters expanded), he wouldn’t have wasted an option, because the option only comes in play when a player is sent down, not brought up. Carpenter now has two options remaining.
Note 2: Putting Castro onto the roster now may be an act of shaping up the playoff roster. Players on the 25-man roster before Sept. 1 are available for the playoffs. The Phils may have wanted a third lefty for the roster, thus the move.