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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: 175.24
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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. 


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.”