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Phillies release Luis Castillo

Updated: March 30, 2011, 7:43 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Phillies released 35-year-old second baseman Luis Castillo on Wednesday, cutting him after his brief tryout as a fill-in for injured star Chase Utley.

The NL East champions announced the move before they played the Pittsburgh Pirates in their final exhibition game. The Phillies open the regular season Friday at home against the Houston Astros.

The Phillies signed Castillo to a minor league deal March 21, three days after he was let go by the New York ...

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