Rusney Castillo came into spring training with his eyes on the starting center fielder job for the Red Sox, but he has been sidelined for most of the month with a left oblique strain. However, there’s some good news to pass along, as Ian Browne of MLB.com reports that he could make his Grapefruit League debut on Saturday against the Pirates.
Castillo is nearly ready to go after participating in minor league games over the past two days with no issues. The plan calls for him to get playing time in center field and right field once he’s cleared for Grapefruit League action, but he’s running out of time to make his case over Mookie Betts.
Castillo, who signed a $72.5 million deal with the Red Sox, batted .333 (12-for-36) with two home runs, six RBI, and three stolen bases over 10 games during his first taste of the majors last September.