Rusney Castillo (Jillian Souza/Pawtucket Red Sox)

Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo likely done in Arizona Fall League; Puerto Rico in question

October 28, 2014 - 11:27 am
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Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo, who suffered a bruised thumb and hand when getting jammed by a pitch on October 20 in the Arizona Fall League, remains sidelined, with the team and player working to determine the course of action for Castillo going forward this winter. At this point, while multiple industry sources suggest that Castillo will simply need rest to treat the injury, a sidelining that was initially characterized as day-to-day has grown to the point where it's likely unrealistic that Castillo will continue play in the Arizona Fall League. Indeed, there is a chance that the 27-year-old will not play in the Puerto Rico Winter League, though a determination on that front has yet to be made by Castillo and Red Sox officials. Castillo, who signed a contract in August that runs through 2020 for $72.5 million, is hitting .278 with a .333 OBP and .361 slugging mark with three doubles, three walks and six strikeouts in 39 plate appearances for the Surprise Saguaros. He was named to the AFL Rising Stars team. He'€™s up to a total of 125 plate appearances (39 in the AFL, 40 with the Red Sox in the big leagues, 46 in the minors after signing). The Sox had outlined a goal for Castillo of accumulating approximately 200 plate appearances by the time he concludes his first professional tour, though given his current time on the shelf, that goal may be in some jeopardy. The Caguas Criollos (the team for which Castillo is scheduled to play in Puerto Rico) open their schedule on Thursday.

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