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Former Met Luis Catillo Released by Phillies

Atlanta Braves Philadelphia Phillies in a spring training baseball game in Clearwater, Fla., Friday, March 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Well, Luis Castillo just can’t catch a break.

After being released by the New York Mets to the pleasure of Mets fans across the state, Castillo was released by the Philadelphia Phillies–the team that signed him after he was let go from the Mets.


The former Mets second baseman struggled through injuries last season, only playing in 86 games. His Mets career, however, might have been over from the fans perspective, after he dropped Alex Rodriguez’s pop-up that would’ve ended the game, two years ago. Instead, the ball dropped, and Mark Teixeira scored all the way from first base to win the game for the Yankees in the bottom of the 9th inning.

The Phillies signed Castillo three days after he was released by the Mets to a minor league deal because of injuries to their star second baseman Chase Utley. Now, it looks like that job will go to Wilson Valdez, according to multiple reports.

It looked like a good move for Castillo, joining the reigning NL East champions, which would’ve gave him the chance to get some pay back on his old team.

Castillo’s brief time with the Phillies didn’t start off well after he reported late Phillies camp, which didn’t sit well with Phillies manager Charlie Manuel.

Castillo blamed his lateness on “miscommunication” with his agent, according to multiple reports.

It is unclear where Castillo will go next.

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