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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Red Sox Injury Update: Rusney Castillo may not play for rest of winter

By on 10/28/2014 08:30:00 PM

Boston Red Sox phenom outfielder Rusney Castillo has a bruised thumb, and it is possible that he has played his last game of 2014. Alex Speier of WEEI in Boston has reported that Castillo remains sidelined one full week after getting jammed during an at bat in the Arizona Fall League. He may possibly miss the end of the AFL season and possibly even the Puerto Rico Winter League games.

In his October 28 report, Speier says that Castillo began as day-to-day since the injury occurred, but the problem has since "grown to the point where it's likely unrealistic that Castillo will continue play in the Arizona Fall League" or the Winter League, which begins on October 30.

Castillo, age 27, signed with the Red Sox on August 23. He played in the final 10 games of the season and hit .333 (12 for 36) with 2 HR and 6 RBI, a very nice beginning to his Major League career. He was hitting .278/.333/.361 in 39 at bats for the Surprise Sagueros in the AFL.

Combining those Major League at bats with those of the Minor Leagues and the AFL, Castillo has made 125 plate appearances. Speier said the Red Sox had a goal of 200 plate appearances by the end of Winter Ball to allow him to see enough live pitching for preparing for Spring Training. It is possible that he plays some games in Winter Ball later on, but he will likely still fall short of that 200-plate-appearance goal.

The Red Sox signed Castillo to a $72-million contract that included the end of 2014 and the next six-years through 2020 (at age 32). He has an opt-out clause after 2019.

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