Rusney Castillo

Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo says he's not here to be 'savior'

John Tomase
May 22, 2015 - 12:54 pm

Rusney Castillo wants Red Sox fans to understand one thing: he's no savior. The Cuban outfielder who signed a $72.5 million contract last summer was summoned to make his 2015 debut for the Red Sox on Friday night. He'll start in right field and bat eighth as the Sox open a three-game series against the Angels. With the offense floundering and the team's right field production the worst in baseball (.496 OPS), Castillo will be given a chance to give the team a spark. "It's obviously something you've heard about, but it's not really something I've keyed in on or thought about too much," Castillo said through translator Adrian Lorenzo before the game. "I've tried to stay in my lane and continue with my preparation. Obviously, you see the offense has been struggling a little bit, but in terms of being a savior, that's definitely not what I'm thinking about." Castillo hit .293 with a pair of homers in 18 games at Triple-A Pawtucket. He also stole six bases and compiled a .781 OPS. To make room for him on the roster, the Red Sox demoted outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. "Obviously, I'm very excited, but right now it's just important to keep in mind the job at hand and try to keep the same momentum I had at Triple A," Castillo said. "Hopefully just to add the same kind of energy I was bringing in Triple A." This has been a good week for Castillo, who celebrated the birth of a daughter before getting called to Fenway. "Obviously it's been very hectic, but very exciting," Castillo said. "I'm very blessed that my wife gave birth to my daughter the last couple of days. I feel blessed that it's all coming together at the same time, me coming up here, and thankfully everything went all right with her. It's been hectic, but in a very positive way." Castillo, who battled an oblique injury in spring training and an ankle sprain at Triple-A, declared himself 100 percent healthy. "To me, I'm 100 percent, mentally and physically," he said. "I thought I did a good job in Triple A of trying to get to that place. I feel good about where I'm at."