Phillies release Luis Castillo

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, Last Updated: 4:48 PM ET

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies released veteran second baseman Luis Castillo on Wednesday, not long after signing him to a minor league contract.

Castillo was competing for playing time at second base that was freed up by Chase Utley's knee issues. His release likely indicates the Phillies will use Wilson Valdez as a starter while Utley is out.

In seven spring training games for Philadelphia, Castillo batted 6-for-22 with four walks.

The 35-year-old has played most of his 15 seasons with the Marlins and Mets, also spending time with the Twins. He owns a career .290 average and .368 on- base percentage and is a three-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner.

The Phillies open their regular season with a three-game weekend series against the Astros in Philadelphia.


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