Thursday, April 26, 2007

Phils send Smith to Ottawa

By John McMullen
The Phanatic Magazine

The Philadelphia Phillies optioned pitcher Matt Smith to their Triple-A affiliate in Ottawa and recalled pitcher Fabio Castro on Thursday.

The 27-year old Smith recorded a dismal 11.25 earned run average in nine games for the Phillies this season. He was acquired by Philadelphia last summer as part of the trade that sent Bobby Abreu and the late Cory Lidle to the New York Yankees.

Smith had a 2.08 ERA in 14 games with Philadelphia in 2006.

Castro, 22, was 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA in six appearances for Ottawa this season.

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