In three seperate tweets by Ryan Lawrence, Placido Polanco returned, Juan Castro was released to make room for Polly, and a the Phillies line up for today is very interesting. Castro was one of Ruben Amaro’s dumpster-diving moves in the offseason that proved to be trash and not treasure.
Castro hit .198 with 13 RBI in 54 games. He was so bad that the Phillies opted to keep Wilson “GDIP” Valdez over Castro. Valdez is younger, faster, and hasn’t been a complete invalid the past few weeks.
Polanco adds balance to the Phillies line up at the front end, allowing them to drop Raul Ibanez back to the bottom of the line up. With Chase Utley’s return, the Phillies could have their line up intact for the first time since opening day.
Today’s line up: Shane Victorino; Polly, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Ibanez, Carlos Ruiz, Valdez, and Cole Hamels.