Ben Cherington

Ben Cherington on Rusney Castillo after promotion: 'He brings a lot'

Ryan Hannable
May 22, 2015 - 1:23 pm

On Friday the Red Sox recalled outfielder Rusney Castillo from Triple-A Pawtucket, and optioned back Jackie Bradley. Castillo started the season with Triple-A Pawtucket, and suffered a shoulder injury the first weekend of the season. He got back with Pawtucket April 29 and started 0-for-11, but over his last 10 games there he was hitting .302 with two homers and seven RBIs, with hits in his last four games, including two, three-hit games. After a few days of paternity leave earlier in the week, the outfielder returned to play for Pawtucket Thursday night before being promoted Friday. "I think when we came out of spring training, we really felt like everything that he had done to that point, including last year, but also, spring training, had just confirmed for us the reasons why we signed him in the first place and that was because we felt and still feel that he is going to be a very good major league player and help us," general manager Ben Cherington said to prior to Friday's game. "At the end of spring training we made a decision to give some other guys some opportunity first and then there was sort of a side benefit that it was going to allow him to go and play every day professionally -- it was the one thing he hadn't done yet because of his circumstance last year. And then he got hurt and missed two weeks, whatever it was, so that was a little bit of a speed bump. We had to get him back and get him back playing. Then he had a baby, so he missed a couple of days this week. "We've always felt he's a major league player and capable of helping us. We wanted to get him on some kind of roll, comfortable, get his timing and all that stuff. Hopefully that has mostly happened in Pawtucket and no he's here. We're trying to create the deepest lineup we can with the guys we have on a given night and we felt like he could be part of that. Now it's up to John [Farrell] and how he is going to write the lineups out with these guys. I am sure he will get a chance to play, as I am sure other guys will play. He brings a lot -- he can play defense, he can run, he has power. Hopefully he's another piece to hopefully extending our lineup a little bit and building a deep lineup and make things a little tougher on the pitcher."