Luis Castillo's appearance in the All-Star Game shouldn't affect his next start for the Reds

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Luis Castillo at 92nd MLB All-Star Game
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Luis Castillo at 92nd MLB All-Star Game / Sean M. Haffey/GettyImages

Luis Castillo made an appearance in the 2022 MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday night in Los Angeles. The Cincinnati Reds right-hander worked a scoreless inning and punched out two of the American League's best. The National League still fell by a score of 3-2.

Castillo induced a ground ball out from future Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera and then struck out Houston Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker and Minnesota Twins infielder Luis Arraez.

Both Tucker and Arraez have the potential to be Castillo's teammates within the next couple of weeks as the Astros and Twins figure to be in pursuit of the Reds ace at the trade deadline.

Look for Luis Castillo to start for the Cincinnati Reds on Friday.

The Cincinnati Reds open the second-half of the 2022 season with more questions than answers, but it's most likely that we'll see Luis Castillo toe the rubber on Friday night when the St. Louis Cardinals come to town.

Had Castillo worked more than one inning or thrown more than 14 pitches, perhaps he'd get an extra day or two of rest. But after coming on in relief of Los Angeles Dodges' starter Tony Gonsolin and pitching a 1-2-3 inning, fans should expect to see Castillo on the bump in just a couple of days.

That is, of course, unless Luis Castillo is traded between now and Friday. Castillo has been one of the hottest names when it comes to trade rumors and it seems like a forgone conclusion that La Piedra will be wearing a different uniform after August 2nd, if not before.

David Bell has not released his starting rotation for the upcoming homestand, but the Cincinnati Reds are expected to go with a six-man rotation early-on. With Luis Castillo, Tyler Mahle, and Mike Minor all possibilities to be dealt at the trade deadline, the six-man rotation could be very short-lived.

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