According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, new Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo will make his professional debut tomorrow in Game Two of the rookie-level Gulf Coast League championship series.
This will actually be Castillo’s first game action since his final season in Cuba in 2012. The Red Sox considered having him make his debut today in Tampa so that Red Sox manager John Farrell and his coaching staff could attend, however they ultimately decided to ease him into things for a game at Fort Myers, which is where he has spent most of the week.
Castillo, who landed a record seven-year, $72.5 million contract, is expected to play about three innings in his debut. The minor league season is wrapping up, but the Red Sox have other affiliates in the postseason, so the 27-year-old should see more game action in the coming days. He’s expected to make his way to the major league roster at some point in September.
Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.
LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.
There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.
The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.