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Rusney Castillo | Outfielder

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/9/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 196
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Rusney Castillo had three hits in six at-bats against the Rays on Tuesday.
It's undeniable that Castillo has been more impressive than Shane Victorino this spring. The Red Sox also have no real financial incentive to send Castillo down to Triple-A. Still, it's practically certain that they'll go that route unless Victorino or Allen Craig is traded before the week is out. Mar 31 - 5:19 PM

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Rusney Castillo hit a walkoff homer Thursday as the Red Sox edged the Twins 5-4.

Castillo got a hold of a slider from Twins relief prospect Jake Reed, hitting it out. He has two homers and a triple in 10 at-bats since returning from a strained oblique. Still, he's Triple-A bound unless something changes in Boston. There's no room for him on a bench that includes Allen Craig, Daniel Nava, Brock Holt and Ryan Hanigan, so it'd take a Shane Victorino injury or trade to get him a spot.
Mar 26 - 4:53 PM

Rusney Castillo went 2-for-3 with a triple in his first start of the spring Saturday against the Pirates.

The triple was a wind-aided fly to right field that Jose Tabata should have caught. Still, Castillo has impressed with the bat since debuting with a homer off the bench Friday. If he keeps it up, he's going to force the Red Sox into some tough decisions. Mookie Betts has to start somewhere, and Shane Victorino is expected to be in right field. Castillo, though, might offer both more offense and defense than Victorino.
Mar 21 - 4:27 PM

In his first at-bat of the spring, Rusney Castillo hit a three-run homer off the Orioles' Steve Johnson on Friday.

It was his only at-bat after taking over for Mookie Betts in center field today. Castillo had been out with a strained oblique. It's rather hard to see him breaking camp with the Red Sox given the missed time and the crowded outfield situation, but if he homers in every at-bat going forward, it might sway management.
Mar 20 - 4:51 PM

Rusney Castillo (oblique) will make his Grapefruit League debut on Friday.

Castillo will come off the bench Friday before being in the lineup Saturday. He was cleared to return to Grapefruit League action after getting through minor league games on Wednesday and Thursday without incident. Castillo has missed most of the month with an oblique strain and might not have time to get in enough at-bats before Opening Day. Even if he does, Mookie Betts has become the clear leader for the center field job.
Mar 20 - 10:19 AM

Rusney Castillo (oblique) could make his Grapefruit League debut Saturday.

Castillo has missed most of the month with an oblique strain, but he played in minor league games on Wednesday and Thursday without incident. Red Sox manager John Farrell plans to give him playing time in center field and right field once he's ready for Grapefruit League action. He'll only have a brief window to push Mookie Betts for the starting center field job.
Mar 19 - 5:46 PM

Rusney Castillo (oblique) said he felt good in Wednesday's minor league game.

Castillo has missed most of the month with an oblique strain, but he still thinks he can get enough at-bats to be ready for the start of the season and possibly push Mookie Betts for the starting center field job. However, he's also aware that his absence makes the task tougher and that he could begin the season in the minors.
Mar 18 - 3:18 PM

Rusney Castillo (oblique) went 0-for-2 in a minor league game Wednesday.

Castillo, who has been sidelined for most of the month with an oblique strain, also played center field in his return to game action. Assuming no issues, he'll play again on the minor league side before moving over to Grapefruit League games. Castillo still has a chance to push Mookie Betts for the starting center field job, but time is running out.
Mar 18 - 2:24 PM

Rusney Castillo (oblique) will get a couple of at-bats and play center field in a minor league game Wednesday.

Castillo suffered a left oblique strain two weeks ago, but he's ready to get back into game action. He's expected to play on the minor league side again Thursday before moving to Grapefruit League games. Castillo is competing with Mookie Betts for the starting center field job this spring, but the lost time isn't helping his chances. Of course, there could be room for both of them if Shane Victorino is traded.
Mar 18 - 9:52 AM

Rusney Castillo (oblique) will play in games on the minor league side of Red Sox camp Wednesday and Thursday.

There was talk that Castillo might make his Grapefruit League debut on Wednesday, but the Red Sox are going to let him get his feet wet first against some lesser competition. Castillo should be cleared to play against major leaguers by the weekend. He is battling Mookie Betts for Boston's starting center field gig.
Mar 17 - 4:59 PM

Rusney Castillo (oblique) remains on track to make his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday.

Castillo has been dealing with a left oblique strain for the past two weeks, but he'll finally be cleared for game action assuming he gets through a full workout Tuesday with no issues. He'll have to make up for lost time to beat out Mookie Betts for the starting center field job.
Mar 17 - 10:09 AM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Rusney Castillo (oblique) will be "game-ready" by Wednesday.

Castillo has been hampered by a strained left oblique muscle for the past two weeks and has lost serious ground to Mookie Betts in the starting center field competition. A late-spring trade of Shane Victorino could free up starting jobs for both players, but there doesn't seem to be much happening on that front. Castillo is a high-risk, high-reward fantasy gamble on draft day.
Mar 16 - 9:53 AM

Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Rusney Castillo (oblique) took "high-intensity" swings at soft-toss on Sunday.

Castillo is slowly but surely making his way back from a strained left oblique, though it's not clear when he might be game-ready. Mookie Betts is having a great camp and looks to have a clear lead for the center field job, so the Red Sox can afford to proceed cautiously with Castillo.
Mar 15 - 9:24 AM

Rusney Castillo (oblique) took more swings off a tee Thursday morning in Red Sox camp.

He swung with greater intensity than in previous workouts, but it's only an incremental step forward in his recovery from a strained left oblique muscle. Red Sox manager John Farrell acknowledged Thursday that he's not sure whether Castillo will be ready for Opening Day. Mookie Betts has a clear lead on the starting center field job.
Mar 12 - 12:23 PM

Rusney Castillo (oblique) took dry swings Monday.

Castillo was diagnosed with a strained left oblique muscle last Wednesday after leaving an exhibition game the night before with pain in his side. It's not believed to be a serious strain, but the Red Sox aren't going to put him into Grapefruit League games until he is 100 percent past it. Mookie Betts looks to have the upper hand on the starting center field job right now.
Mar 9 - 11:22 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Christian Vazquez
2Ryan Hanigan
3Sandy Leon
4Blake Swihart
5Humberto Quintero
1B1Mike Napoli
2Allen Craig
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Brock Holt
SS1Xander Bogaerts
2Jeff Bianchi
3B1Pablo Sandoval
LF1Hanley Ramirez
2Daniel Nava
3Quintin Berry
CF1Mookie Betts
2Rusney Castillo
3Jackie Bradley
4Blake Tekotte
RF1Shane Victorino
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clay Buchholz
2Rick Porcello
3Wade Miley
4Joe Kelly
5Justin Masterson
6Brandon Workman
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Koji Uehara
2Edward Mujica
3Junichi Tazawa
4Craig Breslow
5Robbie Ross
6Anthony Varvaro
7Alexi Ogando
8Brandon Workman
9Tommy Layne
10Edwin Escobar
11Matt Barnes
12Felipe Paulino
13Nestor Molina
14Miguel Celestino