Jaime Castrillon has been training for a few weeks and today the Colorado Rapids made it official: the team's leading goal-scorer in 2012 was officially removed from the Disabled List.
Castrillón, who led the team with eight goals from midfield last season, has missed all of the 2013 season so far due to offseason knee surgery, but played 57 minutes in last weekend’s Reserve Team win at the Harrisburg City Islanders.
"After being off the field for such a long time, I was happy to play nearly 60 minutes on Saturday," Castrillon told ColoradoRapids.com this week. "After my recuperation, I had an initial fear but once I stepped on the field I forgot about pain or that I was injured and had no issues."
By coming off the disabled list, Castrillon is now eligible for selection for Saturday’s home game against the San Jose Earthquakes at Dick's Sporting Goods Park (7 p.m. MT, BUY TICKETS).
"I'm ready to be playing again," he added. "It's now up to the coach to make the decision. After so much time away it won't be easy to return to the starting 11, but it's important for me to be back with my teammates and be ready to play in official matches, and with hard work I hope to be even better than last year."
Coach Oscar Pareja is planning on using Castrillon as an option to play forward this season.
"It's very good new for us knowing that Jaime is available," Pareja said this week. "Jaime is an option for us as a forward...I think his movements up front are special, his timing in the box is great. All these things are components for a good forward."