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Cody Johnson released, Ofilio Castro added


After the addition of Michael Hernandez on Monday gave the Revolution five infielders and five outfielders, a move has been made to get to a more roster-friendly 6/4 arrangement.  Outfielder Cody Johnson has been released, in order for York to sign infielder Ofilio Castro.

Area fans may remember Castro from his two most recent clubs; he spent last season with Sugar Land and was with the nearby Harrisburg Senators from 2007 through 2010 , Double-A in the Washington Nationals organization.  Before joining Sugar Land, Castro was exclusively in the Montreal/Washington organization, debuting as a professional in 2003.  He ascended as high as Triple-A with Washington, before spending all of 2009 and 2010 in Harrisburg.  This season, Castro had been playing in his native Nicaragua.

Now in his 9th professional season, Castro, 29, is a veteran of 765 minor league games at second, third and short.

In 47 games with York, Johnson hit .268 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI, but struck out 70 times in that span.  The strikeouts were likely the reason for his release.  To put it in perspective, Johnson was tied with Salvador Paniagua for the team lead in strikeouts at the time of his release, despite Paniagua having played in 27 more games.

-Paul Braverman


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