Rusney Castillo could be ready for Grapefruit League action on Saturday

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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.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”