Retired Rockies pitcher found dead in lake near Phoenix

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Frank Castillo (Credit: Facebook)

Frank Castillo (Credit: Facebook)

PHOENIX – The body of former Colorado Rockies pitcher Frank Castillo was recovered from a lake northeast of Phoenix on Monday.

Castillo never resurfaced on Sunday afternoon after jumping from a boat to take a swim, according to Maricopa County sheriff’s officers. Friends and relatives report that the former big league hurler was not a strong swimmer.

After several hours of fruitless searching on Sunday, divers began the hunt again on Monday, eventually locating the 44-year-old’s body in Bartlett Lake.

A 13-year MLB veteran, Castillo pitched from 1991-2005, compiling an 82-104 record. His career ERA was 4.56 and he recorded 1,101 strikeouts. Well-traveled over his career, Castillo took the mound for the Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies.

After retiring, Castillo resided in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale.

A Facebook page, RIP Frank Castillo, went up on Monday evening.

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