Aaron Gleeman

Red Sox send $72.5 million outfielder Rusney Castillo back to Triple-A


After not playing Rusney Castillo for a week the Red Sox have decided to demote the 27-year-old rookie outfielder back to Triple-A.

Castillo played regularly upon being called up last month, but he wasn’t very productive and once the Red Sox acquired veteran outfielder Alejandro De Aza his playing time dried up.

Castillo remains a big part of the Red Sox’s long-term plans after signing for $72.5 million after leaving Cuba, but a last-place team choosing to play a mediocre veteran pickup like De Aza over him suggests they think he needs more development time in the minors at the very least.

Stephen Strasburg returns from disabled list, Nationals send Joe Ross back to minors


Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is off the disabled list after missing the past three weeks with a strained trapezius muscle.

He moves back into the starting rotation tonight against Atlanta and Washington has demoted 22-year-old prospect Joe Ross back to the minors despite a very impressive three-start debut in which he threw 20 innings with a 2.66 ERA and 23/2 K/BB ratio.

Strasburg was a mess before going on the DL, posting a 6.55 ERA in 10 starts while allowing opponents to hit .325 off him. His secondary numbers were better–including a 45/14 K/BB ratio in 45 innings–but still well below his usual lofty standards, leaving him as a big question mark.

Dillon Gee goes unclaimed on waivers, stays with Mets at Triple-A


Now we know why the Mets had trouble trading Dillon Gee: No other team wanted him, even for nothing.

Gee was placed on the waiver wire after being designated for assignment and went unclaimed, meaning he’ll stay with the Mets at Triple-A and without taking up a spot on the 40-man roster.

Gee is owed about $3 million for the remainder of this season, so if a team viewed him as a solid mid-rotation option that seemingly wouldn’t have been a crazy salary to take on. However, he’s been hurt and ineffective for most of this season, allowing 29 runs in 40 innings after coming into the year with a 3.91 ERA in 640 career frames.