Luis Castillo talks to reporters
And here are some snippets of what he said if you're more into reading than watching video and what not.
Q: Excited about being here, winning a job?
Luis Castillo: "Yeah, anybody would be excited playing with the Phillies, man. They play good. I'm happy I'm here."
Q: Phillies expected you here yesterday...
Castillo: "Yeah, I think I had communication with me and my agent and I thought I was supposed to report today. That's what it was about. More importantly I'm here and I'm excited to be here."
Q: Ruben said this is like a seven-day tryout, that you won't go to minor leagues, you'll be released if you don't make team?
Castillo: Yeah, you know. I'm healthy. And I'm healthy and I feel good. I have to prove that I'm ready, and that’s all. I'm here to play baseball and help the team wins some games.
Q: How much do you think you are player you were 5 years ago?
Castillo: Like I said, my last five years, this year I feel more in shape than I was five years ago. Now I'm fine, man. I'm fine. I'll give it everything I have on the field. Working hard and showing people I can still play.
Q: What did Phils tell you of situation here, chances of earning playing time?
Castillo: You know, right now I know that Valdez is doing a good job and that Utley is hurt right now. So I'm trying to find a job here. I want to compete, I want to win the job. I want to play. I have 10 days to prove it and get ready.
Q: Is 8 days enough time to do that?
Castillo: Man, I have like a week of playing. I've been doing batting practice and other stuff. the more days I'm here and playing, that's better for me. I'll do the best I can.
Q: Mentally a fresh start for you in Philly?
Castillo: It's hard. New York you know how it is, it's New York. I want to be focused on playing baseball, I don't want to think about the fans, the media, all this stuff. I want to focus on baseball and show people I can still play.
Q: Scouts have said you're not playing you used to be. Bother you?
Castillo: "It bothers me a little bit, but that’s the chance I have here. I have an opportunity to show I can still play. That’s why I'm here. That’s what I'm going to do."
Q: Has your name been sullied because of everything that went on in New York? Fell you have to reclaim your rep?
Castillo: I feel like I'm just starting to play baseball again, like I'm rookie guy, man. I know a lot of stuff was coming out… I'm trying to forget about that, keep it in the past. I want to focusing on playing, on the opportunity here.
Q: You met with Mets manager Terry Collins earlier this spring. How did that conversation go?
Castillo: "When I spoke with Terry, we spoke about the situation. I needed a chance to play, he wouldn’t give me the chance to play. It didn’t work out. I told him if he didn’t give me the chance to play, I don’t know if I have to be on the team. He decided to release me and wouldn’t give me the opportunity, and I’m here.