CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Second baseman Luis Castillo has five games remaining to prove he deserves a spot on the Phillies' 25-man roster.
Castillo entered Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves at Bright House Field without having shown much in his first two games since signing a Minor League contract on Monday, going 0-for-8 and making only a handful of plays in the field.
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But he went 1-for-2 with two walks in Friday's 3-1 win, and he also looked good defensively.
"He has quick hands at second base," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He turned a double play."
"He's been OK," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said before the game. "It's hard to evaluate in two days. But he's moving around OK. It looks like he's in better shape than he's been in the last couple of years. We're assessing him. He'll get chances to play, and we'll see what we think at the end of the day."
Polanco, Victorino return to action
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Placido Polanco and Shane Victorino returned to the Phillies' lineup on Friday.
Polanco, who went 0-for-2, had not played since March 15 because of a hyperextended left elbow. Victorino had not played since Monday, when he sustained a bruised left eye and sore jaw after colliding with teammate Raul Ibanez in the outfield. He went 0-for-4.
Victorino is OK, though Polanco still has soreness in the elbow.
"It's playable," Polanco said. "I still need to work on it."
Polanco is not scheduled to play on Saturday, but he expects to play the rest of the way until Opening Day, on April 1.
"The fact that I played today was good," he said. "It's a positive."
Blanton ends Grapefruit prep on a high note
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Right-hander Joe Blanton finished his Grapefruit League season on a high note, allowing five hits and striking out four in six scoreless innings in Friday's 3-1 win over the Braves.
He is now 2-1 with a 3.21 ERA in six Grapefruit League starts.
"Mechanically, I felt pretty solid today," Blanton said. "It's a good time for it to click, so hopefully I can try to remember what I did."
Phillies set rotation through next week
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies have announced their rotation through Wednesday's exhibition game against the Pirates at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies have a split squad on Saturday, with right-hander Kyle Kendrick facing the Blue Jays at Bright House Field while left-hander Ryan Feierabend opposes the Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. Right-hander Roy Halladay will face the Braves on Sunday in Lake Buena Vista, and right-hander Nate Bump takes on the Astros on Monday at Bright House Field.
Cliff Lee will pitch in a Minor League game on Monday.
Roy Oswalt will pitch against the Pirates on Tuesday in Philadelphia. His neck was bruised by a batted ball on Wednesday, but he played catch on Friday and seems to be OK. Cole Hamels and Joe Blanton will both pitch next Wednesday.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.