Erik Kratz

Orioles' Miguel Castro battles command but reaches pitch-count plateau

Orioles' Miguel Castro battles command but reaches pitch-count plateau

As Miguel Castro’s audition for a spot in the Orioles starting rotation moves toward its final few acts, more attention will be paid to how well the lanky 23-year-old right-hander sustains his arsenal as his pitch count escalates.

The Orioles believe Castro and his three-pitch mix can make the transition from multi-inning reliever into a starting role, and much of his spring training push will have to do with him showing he can physically make that adjustment.

Making his second Grapefruit League start of the season — he made his spring debut in a “B” game — Castro reached the 69-pitch plateau, tying the most he’s thrown in his major league career, in a 7-4 win over the New...

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