A mix of Red Sox major leaguers and minor leaguers swept Northeastern University and Boston College in an exhibition doubleheader at the club’s spring training complex Tuesday in Fort Myers, Florida.
It was a successful afternoon in pretty much every way at Fenway South. Except maybe one …
Sean McAdam of CSNNewEngland.com says outfielder Rusney Castillo “felt some soreness in his left side after his final at-bat” against Boston College and will pay a visit to the Red Sox medical staff Wednesday morning when he reports back to camp.
There doesn’t seem to be a ton of concern about the discomfort coming from the Red Sox, but Castillo is in a battle for the starting center field job with Mookie Betts and can’t afford to miss time. Betts started the first game Tuesday against Northeastern and Castillo started the second game versus BC.
A trade of Shane Victorino would of course free up jobs for both Betts and Castillo.
Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.
It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.
Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.