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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%: 73/2 | Average Draft Position: 179.54
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Red Sox OF prospect Rusney Castillo (shoulder) plays catch at Fenway


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/18/2015) Red Sox premier outfield prospect Rusney Castillo (shoulder) was spotted playing catch Saturday at Fenway Park under supervision of the team doctor, but no timetable for his return to Triple-A has been announced, reports ProvidenceJournal.com.

Castillo sustained the shoulder injury while trying to make a diving catch in a game on April 11.

Red Sox OF prospect Castillo optimistic about recovery


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Premier Red Sox outfield prospect Rusney Castillo provided encouragement, but no timetable for his return to Triple-A Pawtucket from a shoulder injury.

He did, however, tell the Boston Herald that he's "feeling better" every day.

Castillo sustained the injury while trying to make a diving catch Saturday. His recovery could outlast his stint on the minor league disabled list.

"I wouldn't say it's frustrating," Castillo added Wednesday. "Obviously, you'd like to have more consistency, string some more at-bats together. But sometimes things happen for a reason and it's kind of important to stay strong-willed and keep the bigger picture in mind and move forward."

Castillo has already been hit with two physical issues this year - he suffered a thumb injury in Arizona Fall League play.


Red Sox's Rusney Castillo (shoulder) has no structural damage


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo has been diagnosed with inflammation in his right shoulder but has no structural damage, CSNNE.com reports.

Castillo is headed to the minor-league disabled list and will get a few weeks to rest and recover. However, it appears he has escaped serious damage after suffering the injury while trying to make a diving catch Saturday.


Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo headed to minor-league DL


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo is headed to the minor-league disabled list with a shoulder injury, the Boston Globe reports.

Castillo injured his shoulder while attempting to make a diving play Saturday, and he was in Boston Monday to have the shoulder examined. Castillo's prognosis is reportedly encouraging, and the belief is that he will avoid a worst-case scenario like surgery.

Castillo is 5 for 12 with a walk, a double and a stolen base in three games with Triple-A Pawtucket.


Red Sox's Rusney Castillo injures shoulder in minors


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo was not in Triple-A Pawtucket's starting lineup on Monday. 

The Boston prospect hurt his shoulder while diving for a ball during Sunday's game, per MLB.com's Ash Marshall.

Castillo is reportedly going to Boston to have tests on the injured shoulder. 


Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo dealing with shoulder injury


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo suffered a jammed shoulder while trying to make a catch in Saturday's game, reports The Boston Globe.

Castillo, who will not be available for Sunday's game in Triple-A, will be re-evaluated in Boston this week.


Red Sox send Rusney Castillo, Jackie Bradley Jr. to Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) The Red Sox announced several roster moves on Thursday, per the Boston Globe. The team optioned outfielders Rusney Castillo and Jackie Bradley Jr. to Triple-A, and reassigned Matt SpringHumberto Quintero and Dana Eveland to minor-league camp.

Bradley and Castillo are expected to see work at right and center field in the minors, while Shane Victorino starts at right field in the majors.

"Both he and Jackie were difficult decisions. Both guys had great springs... Rusney did everything we asked of him," Farrell said, per the Boston Herald. "He's going to play both right and center in Pawtucket. The everyday at-bats are part of that, so is the depth and overall roster."

Castillo hit .310/.310/.621 with one double, one triple, two home runs and five RBI this spring. Bradley slashed .378.462/.444 with three doubles and one RBI in Grapefruit League play.


Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo shows defensive prowess Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo continues to show manager John Farrell why he should be in consideration for a starting job this season. Castillo made two outstanding plays in right field Sunday, reaching foul territory to make a catch and catching a runner at home with a strike from the outfield, reports MLB.com.

"It turned out to be a good play," said Castillo. "I'm always kind of anticipating that kind of thing to happen. When you have a man on third in a big situation, you hope you can make a play like that and execute it. Fortunately it went our way."

Castillo provides Farrell exactly what he needs in the outfield: flexibility.

"I don't know that you can make a play better than the one he made -- diving play in foul territory, he gets up, sets his feet, and then he throws a 150-foot strike," said Farrell. "A dynamic player, when you consider the skill set that he has. If there was any question on whether he could play right field, he's certainly answering those for us in camp here."


Red Sox to trim down loaded outfield soon


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) The Red Sox are expected to trim down its crowded outfield soon, with less than two weeks before Opening Day, according to MLB.com on Tuesday.

"We have to take these remaining days in camp here and determine what's best for us as an organization," said Farrell. "I'm not suggesting there's player movement anywhere, but there's only going to be three [starting] spots."

At this point, it appears as if Hanley Ramirez and Mookie Betts have left and center field locked up, respectively. Daniel Nava, Shane Victorino, Rusney Castillo and Allen Craig are all in the mix for the final spots.

"And there's six guys -- well, there will be five guys in that group to handle those three spots, with two guys coming off the bench. What that means for the final Opening Day roster remains to be seen.

"We're just trying to get more exposure to Rusney in right field; we need to get a better gauge on Vic's durability, if we can, over the coming days. We acknowledged from the first day in camp, the outfield, there's going to be a lot of focus on our outfield.

"That pretty much hasn't changed, but what we've seen are some really encouraging things. And that's how quickly Rusney's come back and shown decent timing at the plate [and] what Mookie's done in center field speaks for itself."


Red Sox Farrell 'very impressed' with Rusney Castillo


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Rusney Castillo is only two games into his spring training, but he's making a strong first impression. 

A day after homering in his first spring at bat, Castillo went two for three with a triple and run scored on Saturday. 

Red Sox manager John Farrell said he was "very impressed" with Castillo. 

“From missing a couple of weeks, it doesn’t seem to have disrupted his timing at the plate," Farrell said, according to the Boston Herald's John Mastrodonato. "He’s playing with obviously more aggressiveness than the two days over on the minor league side. He’s been right on fastballs. It’s very encouraging to watch him.”


Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo homers in spring debut


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/20/2015) Rusney Castillo make quite an initial impression with the Red Sox on Friday, blasting a three-run homer in his spring debut Friday. 

The outfielder made his debut as a replacement for center fielder Mookie Betts in the seventh inning of the contest against the Orioles, and in his first at-bat, he crushed a homer to give the Red Sox the lead. 

Castillo is scheduled to start Saturday, but it's doubtful that he will get the number of at-bats in the spring needed to make the big-league roster. 

"He's a talented guy, but to translate that into numbers, I'm not that good," Red Sox manager John Farrell told MLB.com. 


Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo finally ready for spring debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell said outfielder Rusney Castillo, who has been sidelined since early March with an oblique injury, will make his spring debut off the bench Friday against the Orioles.

Farrell added Castillo -- who is competing for the starting job in center field -- will make his first start Saturday against the Pirates.

"(I'm) looking forward to seeing next step," Farrell said.


Red Sox's Rusney Castillo could make Grapefruit debut Saturday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Red Sox center fielder Rusney Castillo is on track to make his first Grapefruit League appearance this Saturday against the Pirates, according to MLB.com

Castillo participated in a minor-league game on Thursday and reported no lingering pain. Castillo injured his left oblique during a swing on March 3. Castillo went 0 for 3 with a walk. 


Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo OK to start in Triple-A


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo is still trying to get acclimated this spring. The Cuban-born player made his first appearance of spring training Wednesday after being sidelined for two weeks with a strained left oblique. Because he's still behind, Boston is considering starting him in Triple-A, reports the Boston Herald.

"I wouldn't feel bad about that at all if that's the decision that's made," said Castillo, who signed a seven-year, $72.5 million contract last August. "That's for the manager to decide. I would go with whatever it is and continue to get ready.

"My goal is to be ready for (Opening) Day, and that's what I'm training for. Hopefully if all goes well, I'll be ready that day."


Red Sox's Castillo feels fine after working in minor-league game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo felt no discomfort with his injured oblique after taking two at-bats in a minor-league game Wednesday, per CSNNE.com. He expects to have plenty time to get ready for the start of the season.

Red Sox's Castillo to get at-bats in minor-league game Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell said outfielder Rusney Castillo, who has been sidelined since early March with an oblique injury, will get a couple of at-bats in a minor-league game Wednesday, per The Boston Globe.

Castillo was a candidate to make his spring debut Wednesday against the Twins, but it appears he is now on track for a return this weekend.

"Until he comes back to us, I think it's probably best to let him get his timing back," manager John Farrell said, per CSNNE.com. "Unfortunately, he's missed two weeks and we're seeing it around the game right now in teams we're playing -- timing is becoming a little more honed in by everyone, so he's going to be a little bit behind. How long it takes him to catch up remains to be seen."


Red Sox's Castillo expected to make spring debut Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo, who has been sidelined since March 3 due to an oblique strain, is penciled in to make his debut in Grapefruit League games Wednesday against the Twins, per The Boston Globe.

“Likely, yes,” manager John Farrell said of Castillo playing Wednesday.

Castillo, who is competing for the starting job in center field, is expected to go through a full workout Tuesday, which includes throwing to the bases.


Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo: 'I would say I'm at 100 percent'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo said Monday that he believes he's fully recovered from an oblique injury that has kept him sidelined for nearly two week, WEEI.com reports.

"I would say I’m at 100 percent, but we’re going to ease our way into it," he said.

Castillo was able to play just once this spring, facing Boston College in an exhibition. He took batting practice Monday and will likely return to game action later this week. Manager John Farrell said he isn't sure whether the outfielder will be ready for the regular-season opener.

"That I don't know," Farrell said. "He projects to be game ready by Wednesday, so he's going to take live BP, and he'll throw to bases tomorrow. He's passed every baseball physical test that we've put him in front of to date. He's responded well to the strain of the oblique so that's our plan right now."


Red Sox's Farrell: Castillo shoild be 'game-ready' be Wednesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo took live batting practice on Monday, and should be "game-ready" by Wednesday, manager John Farrell told reporters, per the Providence Journal. Castillo has been sidelined for nearly two weeks with an oblique injury, and is fighting for an opening day spot.

Rusney Castillo hitting soft toss for Red Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo continues his recovery from an oblique injury that has kept him out nearly two weeks. 

Castillo took high intensity swings during soft toss batting practice on Sunday, taking another step toward returning to games, according to a report from the Boston Globe's Pete Abraham


Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo continues to take swings off a tee


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo took more swings off a tee Thursday, as he continues to progress from an oblique injury. However, the longer Castillo misses game action, his chances of making the opening day roster continue to decline.

“There's really no conversation that can be had to replace a guy throwing 3-2 sliders,” Farrell said of being unable to evaluate Castillo against live pitching, per The Providence Journal. “In some ways, we’re still getting to know him as a spring-training type of player."


Red Sox's Rusney Castillo (oblique) to take dry swings Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo (oblique) will take dry swings Monday, per The Providence Journal. There is no date set for his return to games.

Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo to take swings off tee soon


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday that outfielder Rusney Castillo (oblique) will take swings off a tee "in the coming days," the Providence Journal reports.

Castillo remains without a timetable to return to action. Farrell said Wednesday that the outfielder would miss at least a week while recovering from the injury.


Red Sox's Rusney Castillo able to work out on Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo was able to get in a light workout on Friday, according to MLB.com.

Castillo is dealing with an oblique injury, but isn't expected to miss much time. Manager John Farrell confirmed that Castillo was able to get some work done on Friday. "Yeah, he did some work in the pool today, in addition to the elliptical," Farrell said. "He's starting to gain a little rotational movement. We may even put a ball in his hand tomorrow to do some light throwing." After that, Castillo will progress to running. 

Castillo is expected to open the season as the club's starter in center. He hit .333 in 36 at-bats last year.


Red Sox's Rusney Castillo wouldn't alter plan if sent down


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) 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.