Former Tiger pitcher Castillo drowns

7:28 AM, Jul 30, 2013   |    comments
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Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Former major league pitcher Frank Castillo, who spent the majority of his 13-year career with the Chicago Cubs, drowned on Sunday. He was 44.

A dive team from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office recovered Castillo's body Monday afternoon.

The sheriff's office said it received a 911 call Sunday afternoon in reference to a drowning at Bartlett Lake. Castillo and one of his friends were on a pontoon boat when the former major leaguer got into the water to go swimming. According to the 911 call, family and friends stated Castillo wasn't a good swimmer. A short time later, Castillo didn't resurface.

An underwater search was performed by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Dive team, but after about two hours into the search, due to poor lighting, the team temporarily suspended the search until Monday morning.

Castillo compiled an 82-104 record with a 4.56 ERA in 297 games (268 starts) with the Cubs, Rockies, Tigers, Blue Jays, Red Sox and Marlins. He was drafted in the sixth round by the Cubs in 1987 and played in the majors for them from 1991-97 before being traded to Colorado. He was released by the Marlins after appearing in one game in 2005, his final big league season.


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