Rusney Castillo

Rusney Castillo: 'I would say I'm at 100 percent'

Rob Bradford
March 16, 2015 - 9:26 am

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Rusney Castillo is on the verge of re-entering spring training. The outfielder took batting practice for the first time since suffering a left oblique strain, Monday, and will likely play in a game sometime this week. (Castillo still wasn't sure of the exact date for his return, saying through translator Adrian Lorenzo, "We've talked about some things, but nothing is finalized." The good news for Castillo and the Red Sox is that the 27-year-old has already gotten to the point where the ailment is no longer an issue. "I would say I'm at 100 percent, but we're going to ease our way into it," he said. Castillo has played in just one exhibition game thus far, getting three at-bats against Boston College. He passed on that he does believe there is still ample time to show the organization his potential value on the Opening Day roster, but also understands the importance of being patient. "It really hasn't been that difficult just because I've been informed and I always thought health is priority No. 1 right now," he said. "It's a long season so there's still time to recover and make sure I recover right and not rush it." Asked if he thought there was enough time for Castillo to be ready for Opening Day, Red Sox manager John Farrell said, "That I don'۪۪t know. 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'۪۪s 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."