Castellanos shut down with left oblique strain

Castellanos shut down with left oblique strain

Castellanos shut down with left oblique strain
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers prospect Alex Castellanos, off to a hot start in the Arizona Fall League, was shut down for the rest of the year after straining his left oblique.

The 25-year-old Castellanos, acquired at the Trade Deadline from St. Louis in exchange for shortstop Rafael Furcal, was batting .379 with three homers, 13 runs scored, four steals and a 1.289 OPS in eight games when he suffered the injury. He was replaced on the Salt River roster by another Dodgers Minor Leaguer, Brian Cavazos-Galvez.

Castellanos, a right-handed-hitting right fielder, hit a combined .320 with 23 homers and 85 RBIs in 2011 at Double-A for the two franchises. The Dodgers have considered moving him to first base.

Castellanos is expected by the club to be ready for Spring Training with no restrictions.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.