Former Cubs Pitcher Castillo Drowns in Arizona

Frank Castillo, 44, was father to two daughters

Monday, Jul 29, 2013  |  Updated 4:40 PM CDT
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Former Cubs Pitcher Castillo Drowns in Arizona

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Chicago Cubs pitcher Frank Castillo sends a pitch to the plate in the late innings of their game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday, April 28, 1996, at Dodger Stadium.

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Frank Castillo, who pitched 13 seasons in the majors for the Cubs, Red Sox, and four other teams, drowned Saturday in a lake near his home in Arizona, NBCSports.com reported on Monday afternoon.

He was 44.

Authorities said Castillo was on a pontoon boat on Bartlett Lake with a friend when he decided to go swimming. He entered the water and never surfaced.

"Frank was a wonderful son, terrific brother, and an extraordinary father to his two beautiful girls," Castillo's family said in a statement to Arizona TV station KVIA.

Castillo played for the Cubs for seven years starting in 1991. He also played for Colorado, Detroit, Boston and Florida.
 

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