Rusney Castillo will be out at least a week with a strained left oblique. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Rusney Castillo 'down for some time' with left oblique strain

Rob Bradford
March 04, 2015 - 8:22 am
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox were reminded Wednesday why it's good to have too many instead of too few. With the talk of excess outfielders circulating through camp for the past couple of weeks, the numbers were cut into for the foreseeable future thanks to Rusney Castillo's strained left oblique. Castillo hurt his oblique during his third at-bat against Boston College Tuesday. After undergoing an MRI, it was determined the outfielder would be "down for some time," according to Red Sox manager John Farrell. Both Farrell and Castillo confirmed the 27-year-old had never previously experienced such an injury. The manager surmised the ailment would keep his outfielder out for more than a week. "It wasn't any sort of different kind of swing or odd swing, it was just a pitch that was a little in," Castillo said through translator Adrian Lorenzo. "I took a regular swing on it and felt something there right in the oblique area. That's what it was." When asked if he believed the injury would negatively impact his chance to break spring training with the big league team, Castillo said, "I don't think it impacts me in a negative way. We're doing everything we can to recuperate as quickly as possible. I guess we'll see how it goes." Castillo noted that there is no timetable for his return, and that the injury felt better than it did Tuesday night. "It's part of the process, I wouldn't say it's frustrating," he noted. "I don't know exactly how much time I'm going to be out yet but it's all part of it." Farrell said Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley will continue to rotate in center field. The manager also passed on that Shane Victorino was scheduled to play in the Red Sox' Thursday night game against the Twins, but will be in the lineup for the following two games.