Miguel Castro passes big test in Mets roster fight

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Miguel Castro passed his biggest test of the spring on Sunday, increasing his chances of beginning the season in a dominant Mets bullpen role.

After Jacob Degrom recorded two outs in the fifth, manager Luis Rojas called Castro to face Juan Soto, the best hitter from the nationals. The right-hander dismissed Soto to end the inning. This was the only batter Castro faced.

“We want people to come in the middle of an innings, so this is not the first time we’re in the regular season, so it was pre-determined to happen,” Rosa said after the Mets 6-2 at Palm Beach Ballpark win.

After 4 five /, innings in his five appearances this spring, Castro still hasn’t allowed a hit. The Mets acquired Castro at the trade deadline last year and saw him struggling with his control.

“You think of different situations in which he might come”, Rosas said. He said, ‘When he got the test like he did today to enter the middle of the innings, I know this base was empty, but facing Juan Soto at any place of the game, it is very tense. He came in and threw some dirty pitches there. “

Miguel Castro
Miguel Castro
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Dallin Betens pitched a brilliant seventh inning, in which he impressed Rogas in breaking the mound to cover first base. The right-hand man spanked an Akilis in 2019 which affects his mobility.

The Mets started the Opening Day lineup, except for James McCain. Rosas indicated that he had dropped McCain so that he could work with Joey Luchesi for the first time in Monday’s game. Tomas Nido started behind the plate for Digrom.

Ardis Vizcano, who is competing for the bullpen job, has undergone treatment for elbow discomfort in recent times. Right-handers are expected to be available by the weekend. Another reliever, Drew Smith, has a shoulder stiffness and less clarity when he can resume.

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