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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 was diagnosed with inflammation in his right shoulder.
Castillo injured his shoulder while trying to make a diving catch Saturday and will be placed on the disabled list with Triple-A Pawtucket. The good news is that no structural damage was found, but he'll need a couple of weeks to rest and rehab it. Apr 14 - 3:20 PM

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Rusney Castillo (shoulder) will be placed on the disabled list with Triple-A Pawtucket.

Castillo jammed his shoulder while attempting a diving catch Saturday and needs time to rest and heal. Alex Speier of the Boston Globe hears from multiple major league sources that the prognosis is positive, so it doesn't appear that he suffered a tear, but the Red Sox should give an official update on his status soon. Castillo, who signed a seven-year, $72.5 million contract with Boston last August, was 5-for-12 with a double, a walk, and a stolen base across his first three games in Triple-A this season. The thought was that he could quickly work his way into the mix with the big club, but that will have to wait now.
Source: Boston Globe
Apr 14 - 10:43 AM

Rusney Castillo is heading back to Boston to get checked out after he jammed his shoulder while making a catch in Saturday's game at Triple-A Pawtucket.

The team doesn't believe that he sustained a serious injury, but want to take every precaution possible to make sure. He's currently biding his time at Triple-A until the Red Sox suffer an injury in their outfield or find a taker for Shane Victorino.
Apr 12 - 6:47 PM

Red Sox optioned OF Rusney Castillo to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Castillo's early-spring oblique injury allowed Mookie Betts to run away with Boston's starting center field gig. But we'd have to guess that Castillo's stay in the minors won't last that long. He was signed to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract last August and proved himself major league ready last September by hitting .333/.400/.528 in his first 40 plate appearances. A trade of Shane Victorino would really free up the logjam. Jackie Bradley Jr. was also optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday.
Apr 2 - 3:59 PM

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

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

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