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38 Rusney Castillo CF
Height/Weight: 5-8/186 | Birthdate: 7/9/1987 | Birthplace: Ciego de Avila, Cuba | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Boston | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 30/11 | Average Draft Position: 143.63
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Red Sox's Rusney Castillo wouldn't alter plan if sent down


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:06 am ET) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo won't be upset if he winds up being sent down to the minors, according to the WEEI.

That's not a likely outcome, but with his recent oblique injury, there's a chance Castillo could fall behind the other outfielders on the roster. "To me it wouldn’t be anything that would alter my plan, or my attitude, or my perspective," he said. "If that’s what it’s got to be, that’s what it’s got to be. I’m just worrying playing and continuing to get reps and reps wherever they may come."

Castillo did note that he's feeling a lot better, and is expected to return in about a week. Castillo hit .333 over 36 at-bats in the majors last year. 


Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo's oblique injury improving


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell said outfielder Rusney Castillo's oblique strain is "much better," according to The Boston Globe

The Red Sox are still expected to take a cautious approach with Castillo. 

His injury isn't considered serious though he's expected to miss about a week of spring training. Castillo is competing for the center fielder job. 


Red Sox's Castillo out at least a week with a strained oblique


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo is expected to miss at least a week with a strained left oblique, manager John Farrell said Wednesday.

This is an unfortunate setback for Castillo, who is competing for the starting job in center field. Jackie Bradley and Mookie Betts will likely see most of the reps in center field with Castillo sidelined.

Castillo told CSNNE.com on Wednesday morning that his injury wasn't serious and he was expecting to be available for Thursday's spring game against Minnesota.

However, Castillo underwent an MRI, which revealed the oblique injury, after suffering the injury in his third at-bat during Tuesday's exhibition game against Boston College, per WEEI.com.


Red Sox's Castillo on injury to left side: 'Thankfully it's nothing serious'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo underwent a medical exam Wednesday for an issue on the left side of his body, according to CSNNE.com. 

"Thankfully it's nothing serious," said Castillo, who added he expects to be available for Thursday's spring game against the Twins.


Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo dealing with pain in his side


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo is dealing with pain on his left side, according to the Boston Globe.

Castillo will be re-evaluated on Wednesday. Castillo came into camp as the probable starter in center. The 27-year-old hit .333 over 36 at-bats in the majors last season. 


Red Sox OFs Betts, Castillo to share time in CF this spring


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday that outfielders Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo will get equal playing time in center field this spring, MLB.com reports.

"Like we said at the outset of camp, we'll take all of camp to determine that," said Farrell. "They're going to get equal playing time. But I think it's important they both get comfortable with the combination of the guys on the flank because of communication, the responsibilities for balls in the gap, fly ball communication and those priorities."

While Betts had ample time to make an impression on the team during his rookie season, the Red Sox are still getting to know Castillo and his capabilities.

"With Rusney, I think it's a matter of frequent at-bats, more games played," Farrell said. "Particularly after our season concluded, he went to the [Arizona] Fall League and Puerto Rico, and through repetition, I think he's just gotten better timing and consistent routes in the outfield and he's looked very good here in camp so far."

Castillo went 12 for 36 in his short time with the Red Sox last season.


Red Sox OF Castillo: Staying in box 'wasn't all that difficult'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The league's proposed new rule preventing batters from stepping out of the batter's box isn't new to Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo, who had to adjust to a similar rule when playing under the Baseball Federation of Cuba, WEEI.com reports.

"The game used to be really long, but about two years ago they implemented the rule we're trying to implement, with the hitter staying in the box," Castillo said. "That sped the game up a little bit. It did mess with some hitters, but for me, if I've got to do it, I've got to do it and I didn't think about all that much. It wasn't all that difficult for me, personally."

While the penalty for stepping out of the box under the proposed rule is a warning and potential fine, in Cuba batters receive a called strike for stepping out of the box. Cuban pitchers are also required to throw the ball within an alloted timespan.

"The biggest complaint is that people like to take that time to readjust and refocus," Castillo said. "It was just happening a little too quick, quicker than they wanted to. They wanted to control the tempo. It just took some time, but over the course of a season it just became normal. Now it's just normal. I don't know about a big difference, but it did make a difference."

Castillo will compete this spring to be the team's starting center fielder. He went 12 for 36 with two home runs and three stolen bases in his brief debut season.


Red Sox GM: Rusney Castillo ready to perform on big-league level


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Tuesday that the team isn't concerned with the recent lack of playing time for outfielder Rusney Castillo, who hadn't seen any action since 2012 before signing with the Red Sox last August, ESPN.com reports.

"That’s not an element we’re concerned with right now," Cherington said. "He’s done everything we asked him to do from the day we signed him -- going to the minor leagues, big leagues, Arizona [Fall League], Puerto Rico [winter ball] and everything in between. He’s in a position now where he comes to spring training, we met with him, told him, ‘Just be a baseball player and try to get into some kind of baseball normalcy now.’ I don’t expect the number of at-bats he’s had over the last 10 months to be a factor. Normalcy is going to play out in spring training. He has a chance to be a really good major league player. We’re happy he’s here."

Castillo is set to compete with Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley this spring to start in center field.


Red Sox's Rusney Castillo left lasting impression on winter league coach


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2015) Former Red Sox player Alex Cora coached Boston outfielder Rusney Castillo for 10 games this offseason in the Puerto Rican winter league. Castillo left a lasting impression after batting .405 coming off a thumb injury suffered in the Arizona Fall League.

“He has a great approach,” Cora told WEEI.com. “He only played 10 games for us and to be honest with you, I don’t know how many hits he had, but everything was back up the middle or to right center. As you guys know, if he keeps that approach for a long period of time, you’re going to hit for average. I was very surprised with that. Usually with the guys we’ve seen from Cuba coming to the big leagues they are dead pull hitters, very aggressive, a little bit out of control. He was the total opposite."

The Red Sox have a crowded outfield situation and will use the spring to sort out assignments. However, Cora feels Castillo is destined to be a center fielder.

"The way he reads bats and the way he gets jumps, he’s a very athletic guy," Cora said. "We thought coming in when he came down everyone was talking about how raw he was, especially defensively. He used to play in the infield and he made an adjustment right away. He was a guy that we would give him the scouting report and after the third inning you could see he was taking charge. He was moving the right fielder, he was moving the left fielder, he was playing shallow, he was playing deep -- he was making adjustments with the game and that was a great thing to see.”


Mookie Betts on Rusney Castillo: 'I'm just quick. He's quick and fast'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2015) There is no denying Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts has got some speed. He stole 40 bases between the minors and majors in 2014, and totaled 92 stolen bases in 298 games in his minor-league career.

Betts will admit he is fast, but he has no problem saying outfielder Rusney Castillo is faster.

"Absolutely," Betts said, per MassLive.com. "I'm just quick. He's quick and fast. I feel like in the outfield he'll be able to cover plenty of ground. Especially in that outfield (at Fenway Park), where you need a center fielder who is going to run down some balls, I think he'll be able to run down plenty."

The Red Sox are also hoping Castillo will use his speed to be effective on the base paths.

"He's got raw speed," director of player development Ben Crockett said. "I saw him probably very early in the evaluation as he's getting back into organized baseball. Given that speed, he has a chance to do some damage on the bases. He's going to have to learn opponents and learn the guys he can and can't go on. Just like any player with limited experience coming up."


Report: Rusney Castillo (thumb) will play in winter ball


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo, who had his stint in the Arizona Fall League end early due to a bruised thumb, is slated to resume playing in the Puerto Rican winter league, according to WEEI.com. Rusney will head down to Puerto Rico on Friday and hopes to play in his first game Dec. 2.

The plan is for Castillo to play get close to 100 at-bats in Puerto Rico, while playing in right and center field.


Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo done in the AFL


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2014) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo will not play in the Arizona Fall League, according to the Providence Journal.

Castillo is dealing with a thumb injury, and the team wants to play it safe. It's unclear whether Castillo will go to Puerto Rico in order to play winter ball.


Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo day-to-day with hand/thumb injury


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo is day-to-day after suffering a bruised hand/thumb during Arizona Fall League play Monday, WEEI.com reports.

Castillo suffered the injury while getting jammed during an at-bat. He signed a $72.5-million deal in August that runs through 2020.


Red Sox issue Thursday lineup sans Rusney Castillo


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Red Sox ballyhooed rookie outfielder Rusney Castillo is not in the Thursday lineup in Pittsburgh. He had his major league debut Wednesday night and went 1 for 4.

Rusney Castillo 'satisfied' with effort in first game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Red Sox promising outfielder Rusney Castillo expressed contentedness Wednesday night after recording his first major league hit in four at-bats in a lopsided loss to Pittsburgh. His hit never left the infield, but he's not complaining.

"I'm pretty satisfield with that being my first game," he told MLB.com. "Obviously you'd like a better outcome in terms of winning the game. But I was pretty satisfied with my overall approach and the way I stepped in today and had some results."

Castillo snagged the only ball hit his way in the outfield.


Rusney Castillo not much help this year


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/17/2014) Rusney Castillo's debut for the Red Sox Wednesday night in Pittsburgh shouldn't create the mad dash to the waiver we're used to seeing for midseason callups. If you play in a traditional weekly league, you have just one more opportunity to set a lineup, and nothing he does in the next five days would compel you to switch from what you already have (outside of AL-only leagues, of course, where he's probably been owned since the day he signed).

And I suspect it won't be so noteworthy anyway. Other than the 22 at-bats he got during the minor-league playoffs, he hasn't played competitive baseball in over a year. And now, he's competing against the best the world has to offer.

But his arrival is still welcome news in Fantasy. Often, the most difficult players to assess going into a new season are the ones imported from overseas, where the competition is questionable and the available scouting reports are limited. The Red Sox are removing much of the mystery by giving us this sneak peak.

So what would be a successful debut for Castillo? My latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog discusses just that. Be sure to give it a look.


Rusney Castillo to make first MLB start Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo will make the first major-league start of his career Wednesday in center field, the Boston Globe reports.

The Red Sox will get a good look at the prized international signee over the remainder of the season in anticipation of Castillo potentially manning center field full time in 2015. He inked a seven-year contract with Boston in August.


Report: Rusney Castillo expected to join Red Sox Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) The Red Sox are expected to promote outfielder Rusney Castillo from Triple-A Pawtucket Tuesday, the Providence Journal reports.

Castillo has worked his way through the minor-league system during the minors' postseason, but it appears he could make his major-league debut next week. He signed a seven-year deal with the team in late August.


Rusney Castillo moving up to Triple-A


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/8/2014) With Double-A Portland eliminated from postseason play Sunday, Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo will join Triple-A Pawtucket for its best-of-five series Tuesday, according to the Boston Herald. The Cuban defector, who was signed to a seven-year deal in late August, is still expected to reach the majors before the end of the season.

"It's a matter of him getting his timing down," Sox manager John Farrell said. "The reports have been favorable, just with the overall explosiveness, the speed, the bat speed. But still, we're looking at roughly 14-15 at-bats, I believe. He's just kind of getting back into game shape."

Castillo is 6 for 19 (.316) between two minor-league stops so far.


Rusney Castillo should make debut this season


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo will make his major-league debut in 2014, according to the Providence Journal

Castillo will be up "barring something unforseen," according to general manager Ben Cherington. Castillo is currently getting some seasoning in the minors.


Rusney Castillo moving up to Double-A


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Red Sox outfield prospect Rusney Castillo will join Double-A Portland in time to play in their first playoff game Wednesday, the Boston Herald reports.

Castillo went 0 for 3 and drew a walk in Monday's playoff game with the team's Gulf Coast League affiliate. He is expected to make his major-league debut later this month.


Rusney Castillo might start playing minor-league games soon


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo might start playing minor-league games this weekend, according to the Boston Globe

Castillo signed with the club recently, and has already obtained his work visa. He arrived at team headquarters in Florida Wednesday to begin workouts. 


Rusney Castillo cleared for games


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo has received his work visa and can play in games, according to ESPN.com. 

Castillo signed just a few days ago, and joined the team in Fort Myers to begin workouts. The visa news was confirmed by Roc Nation Sports CEO Juan Perez. 


Rusney Castillo reports for first official workout


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo, who recently signed a seven-year, $72.5 million contract, reported to the team's training complex in Florida Wednesday to go through his first official workout. Rusney stretched, jogged and played catch on a practice field.

Rusney Castillo worth flier in some leagues


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/25/2014) I touched on Rusney Castillo's potential in my latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog -- how we don't really know what it is but that some of his earlier seasons in Cuba suggest it's pretty high, how the Red Sox's willingness to pay him what they did says something about their confidence in him and how Yoenis Cespedes', Yasiel Puig's and Jose Abreu's transitions should make you more comfortable investing in him (Leonys Martin not so much).

But of course, Carlos Correa has potential, too. Most Fantasy owners just want to know what Castillo can do for them right now.

I expect him to play in the big leagues in September. Since he's already signed to major-league contract, the only reason the Red Sox wouldn't throw him out there is fear of him being overmatched and losing all confidence. I don't think that's a legitimate enough fear for them not to give him a trial run, as they've already said they would.

Will it be every day? I'm sure that's the goal. If he struggles, the plan could change, but the opportunity is there. And opportunity is all you can ask for a lottery-pick type pickup. Considering he hit for average and power with speed in Cuba, why not take a gamble on him in five-outfielder leagues? In three-outfielder leagues, I can understand passing him up just because of limited roster space, but if you're playing in a league where Jorge Soler is owned, Castillo is deserving of at least the same treatment.