Former Red Sox pitcher Frank Castillo dies in swimming accident

July 30, 2013 - 3:29 am

Former Red Sox pitcher Frank Castillo died Sunday after he apparently drowned while swimming in a lake near Phoenix. He was 44. Family members and friends said Castillo jumped off a pontoon boat Sunday afternoon for a swim in Bartlett Lake and did not resurface. Divers located Castillo's body Monday. His family released a statement saying Castillo was "a wonderful son, terrific brother, and an extraordinary father to his two beautiful girls. Everyone who knew Frank loved Frank. We are devastated by this loss. It is impossible to express in words the level of sadness we feel due to this tragedy. All of those who counted Frank as a personal friend, and to all those wonderful fans who cheered for him during his major league career, we genuinely appreciate your prayers and kind words during this extremely difficult time." Castillo pitched for the Sox in 2001 and '02 along with two appearances in 2004, accumulating a 16-24 record with a 4.66 ERA. The right-hander played 13 major league seasons with the Cubs (1991-97), Rockies ('97), Tigers ('98), Blue Jays (2000), Red Sox and Marlins ('05), compiling a record of 82-104 with a 4.56 ERA. The Red Sox held a moment of silence for Castillo before Monday night's game at Fenway Park against the Rays.