Luis Castillo Looks Solid and Fit

In yesterday’s exhibition opener against the Braves, Luis Castillo went 1 for 2, singling in his first at bat of the game to left field.

He also made a good defensive play in the hole at second base.

After the game, Terry Collins spoke with reporters, and said he believed he has lost between 10 and 15 pounds, and seemed very pleased with his Spring debut, saying:

“There’s no question he’s got something to prove…He’s in great shape – as good as he could be in, and so I’m anxious to continue watching him play…I thought he did great. He did what he always does – he had a good at-bat, got a base hit…he knows how to play.”

Castillo also spoke with reporters, and said “I have to show people I can still play. I’m going to play hard, like it’s my last game, and I’m going to fight for the job. I think I can still play.”

Of course it’s only one game in February, but he looked good and faster than he looked at any point last year, or in the last two years for that matter. He also looked excited and happy to be there, which I think plays a role in one’s success, no matter what their job is.

There is still a long way to go, and it’s an uphill battle for both Castillo and Oliver Perez to win jobs with the team, but honestly, I want them to succeed, because at the end of the day, they’re members of the team, so if they can find their way again and perform, that will translate into success for this team, which is ultimately all I care about.