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Jose Castillo | Third Baseman

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (37) / 3/19/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 218
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Jose Castillo is expected to miss two games after suffering a shoulder strain Saturday.
Castillo is hoping to make the Nationals as a utility infielder. "It's going to be a couple of days before he can swing a bat," Nationals manager Manny Acta said. "He really jammed his shoulder when he hit the ground, but the shoulder is not dislocated." Sat, Mar 7, 2009 06:14:00 PM

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Nationals signed infielder Jose Castillo to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

It's like they pulled off a trade with the Astros, with Houston getting Aaron Boone. Castillo, who spent most of last year as the Giants' primary third baseman before moving on to Houston, hit .246/.292/.376 in 426 at-bats. He'll be fortunate to make the Nationals as a bench player.
Tue, Dec 23, 2008 08:38:00 PM

Free agent Jose Castillo homered twice and drove in four runs Saturday for Caracas of the VWL.

Castillo has four homers and 21 RBI after 16 games. He had just six homers and 37 RBI in 127 major league games last season.
Sun, Nov 16, 2008 02:57:00 AM

Jose Castillo homered and doubled in a second straight game for Caracas of the VWL on Wednesday.

That makes him 4-for-14 after four games. Castillo is a minor league free agent after being removed from the Astros' 40-man roster three weeks ago. A team would have to be pretty desperate to give him a chance to compete for a starting job next spring, but he'll probably have a bench spot somewhere.
Thu, Oct 30, 2008 02:50:00 PM

Astros sent infielder Jose Castillo, RHP Dave Borkowski, RHP Jack Cassel and RHP Ryan Houston outright to Triple-A Round Rock.

Even with Ty Wigginton moving to the outfield, Castillo received just 32 at-bats in 5 1/2 weeks on the Astros' roster. He ended up hitting .246/.292/.376 in 426 at-bats combined for the Giants and Astros. He'll become a free agent and compete for a spot on some team's bench next spring.
Wed, Oct 8, 2008 06:35:00 PM

Astros claimed infielder Jose Castillo on outright waivers from the Giants.

Waived by the Marlins during spring training, Castillo hooked on with the Giants and hit .244/.290/.381 in 420 plate appearances before being cut loose last week. He's a marginal utility man at best.
Wed, Aug 20, 2008 03:46:00 PM

Giants designated infielder Jose Castillo for assignment.

Claimed off waivers from the Marlins during spring training, Castillo posted a .244/.290/.381 line in 394 at-bats for San Francisco, with just a .934 fielding percentage at third. The 27-year-old is likely nearing the end of the line.
Wed, Aug 13, 2008 05:55:00 PM

Jose Castillo had two hits and two RBI as the Giants held on to beat the Dodgers 7-6 on Monday.

The Giants jumped out to a 7-0 lead before nearly giving it all back. If they weren't so incedibly efficient then it would have been a loss for sure. The Giants had nine singles, no extra-base hits and just one walk in the contest. Three singles and a sacrifice led to two runs in the third, and the other six hits all came during a five-run fourth inning.
Tue, Jul 29, 2008 01:33:00 AM

Jose Castillo went 3-for-5 with a solo homer as the Giants defeated the Indians on Wednesday night.

Castillo also hit his 22nd double and scored another run. He's now hitting .268 with six homers, 35 runs and 26 RBI in 272 at-bats on the season.
Wed, Jun 25, 2008 11:07:00 PM

Jose Castillo hit a three-run homer Friday in a Giants seven-run third inning that set the tone for a 10-1 defeat of the Nationals.

Every Giants starter had a hit. John Bowker, Ray Durham, Omar Vizquel, Bengie Molina, and even Tim Lincecum drove in runs. Fred Lewis drove in two. Castillo is hitting .262 with 23 RBI this season.
Fri, Jun 6, 2008 10:35:00 PM

Jose Castillo had a game-ending infield single as the Giants beat the Padrss 4-3 in 10 innings on Sunday.

After the Padres scored twice in the top of the 10th, the Giants came back with three off Trevor Hoffman. Fred Lewis tied the game with a two-run triple, and Castillo ended it when shortstop Edgar Gonzalez could do nothing with his bases-loaded grounder. It was Castillo's lone hit in five at-bats on the day.
Sun, Jun 1, 2008 08:04:00 PM

Jose Castillo went 4-for-4 with a double and three runs scored versus the Phillies on Saturday.

The Giants also received three-hit games from Omar Vizquel, Randy Winn and Aaron Rowand in the game. The rest of the two combined for two hits, one of them coming from starter Tim Lincecum. Castillo's big game pushed his average back over .250 and his OBP over .300. He hasn't been any good as a regular for the Giants this season, but it's still better that he's playing than Rich Aurilia.
Sat, May 10, 2008 07:32:00 PM

Jose Castillo broke a 2-2 tie with his first homer of the year in the bottom of the seventh to lead the Giants to a 3-2 win over the Rockies on Wednesday.

A rare highlight for the former Pirate. Castillo hit a lot of doubles early on, but he's been a pretty awful regular overall. He committed his fifth error today, and he's hitting .222/.280/.374 in 99 at-bats. The Giants would almost surely be better off with Justin Leone at third base, not that Leone would be part of their future plans, either. Maybe they'll find someone better on the waiver wire later on.
Wed, Apr 30, 2008 06:46:00 PM

Jose Castillo made his first appearance of the season at shortstop on Wednesday.

He took over after Brian Bocock was removed for a pinch-hitter late in the game. This gives him additional value in some NL-only leagues.
Wed, Apr 16, 2008 06:25:00 PM

Jose Castillo doubled twice Friday versus the Brewers.

San Francisco has five extra-base hits in four games, three of them belonging to Castillo. Bengie Molina's homer in the seventh today was the first that wasn't a double. The Giants have used Castillo at third and Rich Aurilia at first in each of their games so far. Castillo will have at least a little value in NL-only leagues if the trend holds up.
Fri, Apr 4, 2008 05:20:00 PM

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