Rusney Castillo suffers left side injury


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 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.

Cards’ Yadier Molina says he tested positive for COVID-19

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina says he’s one of the players on the team who tested positive for COVID-19.

The nine-time All-Star revealed his results Tuesday in a Spanish-language Instagram post. Soon afterward, the Cardinals issued a release naming six of the players who have tested positive.

The others are infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo along with pitchers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley.

“I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after adhering to safety guidelines that were put in place,” Molina said in a release issued by the team. “I will do everything within my power to return as soon as possible for Cardinals fans, the city of St. Louis and my teammates.”

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that seven players and six staff members had tested positive. At the time, Mozeliak said the people to test positive hadn’t been identified publicly because they had declined to have their names released.

The Cardinals said Tuesday that six players had decided to grant permission to have their names revealed.

“I will approach my healing as I do all other things in my life – with education, commitment, and persistence. I look forward to re-joining the team soon and ask that you respect my privacy at this time,” DeJong said in a statement released by the team.

The outbreak resulted in the postponement of the Cardinals’ scheduled three-game weekend series at Milwaukee as well as a four-game series with Detroit that was supposed to run Monday through Thursday. The Cardinals have played just five games this season and are hoping to return to action Friday hosting the Chicago Cubs.

As of now, the Cardinals who have tested positive have returned home while the rest of the team remains isolated in Milwaukee hotel rooms. Their last game was July 29 at Minnesota.

Mozeliak said Monday that five of the 13 overall members of the Cardinals’ traveling party to test positive were asymptomatic. The other eight had minor symptoms including headaches, coughs, sniffles and low-grade fevers. Mozeliak said none of the eight had required hospitalization.

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