Castillo seeking a breather

Castillo seeking a breather

NEW YORK -- After missing three of the Mets' first 12 games and most of Spring Training, Luis Castillo says he could use a rest. The Mets second baseman acknowledged as much on Tuesday night after playing in a game that followed an off-day.

"Sometimes, I do [need a rest]," Castillo said. "When I play three or four games in a row, maybe I can get a day off. I'm going to ask Willie [Randolph] about it."

Randolph indicated Wednesday he would consult with Castillo and give him days off when needed. The manager said no formula would be used to determine a schedule.

Castillo says his surgically cleaned out right knee remains sore. He missed games April 9-11 after playing two straight days.

Randolph moved Castillo to the eighth position in the lineup on Tuesday night, shifting Ryan Church to the No. 2 slot that Castillo had filled whenever he played. Castillo hadn't batted eighth since 2005, when he was with the Marlins. He and Church batted again eighth and second respectively Wednesday night, with Church hitting his second home run in the first inning.

Castillo was hitless in two at-bats and walked twice on Tuesday and now is batting .194 in 31 at-bats. His lone extra-base hit was a bloop double that barely cleared the infield. Castillo acknowledged his poor production and expressed a willingness to hit wherever he was assigned.

Marty Noble is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.