Rusney Castillo reports to Puerto Rico
The Red Sox have announced that Rusney Castillo‘s offseason quest to get at-bats is going to get re-started next Wednesday in Puerto Rico. Castillo will take the field for Criollos de Caguas managed by ex-Red Sox shortstop Alex Cora who was born in Caguas. According to multiple reports, Castillo reported to the team on Friday, November 28 to begin ramping up to his on-field return.
Castillo was originally slated to report to Caguas early this month, but his plans were delayed by an injured thumb sustained on October 20th, while playing in the Arizona Fall League, where he posted a .278/.333/.361 batting line in 39 plate appearances. After sitting out a week after the injury occurred the team decided to let the injury heal with rest. Once Castillo was cleared by doctors, the Red Sox moved forward to get Castillo more at-bats in Puerto Rico
Considering Hanley Ramirez‘ signing to play left field, it will be interesting to see if Castillo is used exclusively in center, or is moved around the outfield in anticipation of further Red Sox roster moves, considering they are currently carrying nine outfielders on their 40 man roster.
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