CLEARWATER, Fla. -- And so the tryout is down to seven games.

Newly acquired second baseman Luis Castillo has not yet arrived to Phillies camp and will not play today as expected. He is not in Wednesday's scheduled lineup either.


Charlie Manuel had Castillo in his original lineup posted this morning, batting second and playing second. Castillo has a locker and a uniform number -- 3 -- but there is no sign of him.

Phillies officials said he was driving from Port St. Lucie, Fla., to Clearwater on Monday night. But he has yet to appear at the complex and still must take a physical to be cleared to play or even take batting practice.

ESPN Deportes reported Castillo was not in Clearwater today because "confusion with hotel reservation affected the plan."

Read today's story in The Inquirer about Castillo's signing.

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