Jackie Bradley Jr.’s latest stay in the majors was a short one, as the Red Sox have sent the 25-year-old former top prospect back to Triple-A and called up 26-year-old Rusney Castillo.
Castillo, who defected from Cuba last year and signed with the Red Sox for $72.5 million, was hitting .293 with two homers and a .781 OPS in 18 games at Triple-A. He made a brief 10-game Red Sox debut last season, hitting .333 with two homers and a .928 OPS in September.
Castillo is starting tonight in right field, which is where he figures to see most of his action.
Casey Janssen was signed for $5 million this offseason to replace Tyler Clippard as the Nationals’ primary setup man, but instead he spent the first six weeks of the season on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.
Janssen has been rehabbing in the minors and the Nationals are convinced he’s healthy now, activating the 33-year-old right-hander from the DL.
Janssen has a history of arm problems, so counting on him being healthy is no sure thing, but from 2010-2014 he threw 286 innings with a 2.99 ERA and 261/66 K/BB ratio for the Blue Jays.
Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that 21-year-old right-hander Norge Ruiz, called “arguably the best pitching prospect in Cuba” by Baseball America, has left the country and is looking to sign with an MLB team.
Baseball America international prospect analyst Ben Badler’s scouting report on Ruiz from February noted his “good pitchability and average to above-average stuff across the board.”
Last month Badler rated Ruiz as the eighth-best player still in Cuba and projected him as a solid mid-rotation starter, but he figures to need some time in the minors before being ready for a big-league rotation. Expect a bidding war, although because Ruiz is only 21 years old he’ll be subject to MLB’s international spending limits and that could end up costing him $30 million or so.