Castilla released by Tampa Bay
St. Petersburg, Fla. Vinny Castilla finally got his wish. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays released the third baseman on Thursday, two days after Castilla was benched for not advancing a baserunner.
Castilla, who asked to be traded or released last month after being benched, was hitting .215 with two homers and nine RBIs.
Castilla, who was acquired in a trade with the Colorado Rockies in December 1999, was pulled from Tuesday's game after failing to advance a runner on second and no outs.
In 109 games with Tampa Bay, Castilla hit .219 and homered just eight times. He played just 85 games last season because of various injuries. From 1995 through 1999, Castilla hit at least 32 homers each season for the Rockies.
Spiers to have tests for his ailing back
Houston Astros infielder Bill Spiers, who hasn't played since April 8, will have additional tests on degenerative discs in his back. Astros team physician Rob Parrish evaluated Spiers' back and decided more tests are necessary, Houston general manager Gerry Hunsicker said Thursday.
Spiers, 34, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 16 retroactive to April 9. He has been bothered by lower back pain since early in spring training. Spiers received cortisone shots on March 1 and March 16. He has received cortisone shots each of the last four springs.
Yankees sign Ogea
New York Former Cleveland right-hander Chad Ogea was signed to a minor league contract by the New York Yankees. Ogea, who is rehabbing from a shoulder injury, was signed last week and is working out at the Yankees minor league complex in Tampa, Fla. He needs at least three more weeks to build up arm strength before he'll be ready to pitch.
Chisox hurler Parque to have shoulder surgery
Chicago Left-hander Jim Parque, who started the playoff opener for the Chicago White Sox last season, will have surgery on his left shoulder Tuesday. Parque, a 13-game winner last season, was 0-3 this year with an 8.04 ERA and had experienced a drop in velocity. He earlier underwent an MRI, and his sore shoulder was re-examined Thursday.
Reliever Antonio Osuna, obtained from the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 18, is out for the season after shoulder surgery for a torn labrum.
Red Sox shelve Stynes
Boston The Boston Red Sox placed infielder Chris Stynes on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, one day after he was hit in the head with a pitch by Seattle's Aaron Sele. Lou Merloni was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to replace Stynes on the roster. Stynes broke two bones, and he left the game with blood dripping from his left cheek.
Jays demote Frascatore
Toronto The Toronto Blue Jays outrighted right-hander John Frascatore to Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday despite his 2.20 ERA Frascatore, who cleared waivers, was 1-0 in 12 games. The Blue Jays made the move so he could activate left-hander Lance Painter from the 15-day disabled list. Painter was placed on disabled on April 12 with tendinitis of the left Achilles. He went 1-1 with a 0.96 ERA in a rehab assignment at Class A Dunedin.
Buffalo, N.Y. Charles Nagy, continuing his surprising comeback from elbow surgery, pitched 82/3 shutout innings on Thursday to lead the Buffalo Bisons to a 3-0 win over Toledo. Making his third rehab start, Nagy (2-1) allowed five hits and struck out nine before leaving with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth. He walked two.