Red Sox: Five storylines in the first week of March in spring training
By Jimmy Longo
For a man that has all but written himself off as part of the Red Sox future plans, or likely any MLB team’s future plans at this rate, Rusney Castillo sure has not had a warming first week in trying to impress the Red Sox coaching staff and front office.
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After not running out a ground ball in the team’s first spring training games against Northeastern, Castillo again caught the ire of fans, reporters covering and John Farrell as well.
With the bases loading following a Castillo single in a spring training game against the Rays on Feb. 26, which the Red Sox lost 4-3, Castillo made another head-scratching base running blunder, this time where Castillo represented the tying run. After Castillo singled, the next two batters were unable two reach.
The blunder came after a single to left field. Castillo overran second base and headed for third, easily being thrown out to end the frame.
In what has been a dismal situation for Castillo since he seemingly arrived in a Red Sox uniform, the outfielder has played his way back into the headlines, albeit, for the wrong reasons. This takes away from the fact that outside of the blunders, Castillo has had a solid start to the spring, going 3-for-5 in four games of action thus far.