Rusney Castillo

Red Sox roster moves: Erik Kratz, Justin Masterson activated; Rusney Castillo, Steven Wright optioned

Ryan Hannable
June 23, 2015 - 1:14 pm
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Prior to Tuesday's game with the Orioles, the Red Sox made two roster moves. The team activated catcher Erik Kratz, who was claimed off waivers from the Royals on Sunday, as well as Justin Masterson and in the corresponding moves they optioned outfielder Rusney Castillo and pitcher Steven Wright back to Triple-A Pawtucket. Kratz was claimed Sunday "to protect us in the situation with Blake [Swihart] if that became more than what we're finding out now," according to manager John Farrell. Swihart is still considered day-to-day with a left foot injury, but swung in the cage pregame and will do some running. Farrell is hopeful he can return on Wednesday. Kratz will be active for the game Tuesday night. Castillo was optioned to get every day playing time as he hasn't played in seven straight days. "We just need to get him back playing every day," Farrell said. "He had been relegated to a bench role here which in fairness to him was difficult to get into any kind of rhythm, gain some confidence in which he needs to with every day play. That is the move with him." The Cuban outfielder has a slash line of .230/.260/.284 in 26 big league games this year with just two extra-base hits. He's also walked just three times and struck out 15 times in 77 plate appearances. Getting every day at-bats will only help him improve. "He got pitched to differently in the time he had been here this year than when he first came to us last year and what we saw in spring training," Farrell said. "He recognizes that there are pitches in certain parts of the zone that give him a little bit more difficulty than others, but that goes with making adjustments as you're being pitched to. In Rusney's case, the inconsistent play because we've had some other guys emerge, Brock being one of them that has taken some at-bats away in right field. He needs to get back in the rhythm of the game more than anything. "The year missed -- that's a void. We can't go back in time, but to say that there is development or specific focus on development, to me it's a matter of how you adjust to the way you're being pitched. The speed of the game and the strength of the game is greater than what he's experienced elsewhere so all part of that goes into the reason to get him back play every day so he can come back and contribute here." Masterson will make the move to the bullpen after making four rehab starts in the minors coming back from right shoulder tendinitis. The bullpen isn't an unfamiliar role for him, as he pitched out of the bullpen last year with St. Louis, during his time in Cleveland and also early in his career with the Red Sox. Farrell said his role is undetermined as of now. "We got to get him acclimated first," he said. "Ideally it would be to come in to start a clean inning and we'll see where things go from there." Wright was optioned back to Triple-A primarily because he had options remaining. In 11 games with the Red Sox (four starts) he was 3-2 with a 4.15 ERA. "Yeah it's a very tough one," Farrell said of the conversation to send Wright down. "Steven didn't pitch his way out of here. This is a roster move that affects him. He's valuable because of his ability to go long when he's pitching out of the bullpen and he did a solid job when he was in the rotation holding down that spot. So there's a certain level of dependability that he brings and when he's the guy with options right now, they find themselves in the unfortunately situation like today."