Red Sox send Rusney Castillo, Jackie Bradley Jr. to Triple-A

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Neither move is a surprise, really, but they’re still interesting: Boston has sent last year’s Opening Day center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and this offseason’s $72.5 million Cuban signing Rusney Castillo to Triple-A

Outfield depth is a huge strength for the Red Sox, who’ll go with Hanley Ramirez in left field, Mookie Betts in center field, and Shane Victorino in right field, with Allen Craig and Daniel Nava on the bench.

Obviously something has to give there at some point, because Castillo is a high-upside prospect and the Red Sox didn’t give him $72.5 million to sit at Triple-A for long and Bradley still has upside despite flopping as a rookie. Moving on from the 34-year-old Victorino would seem to be the most likely way to clear a spot in a month or two, but in the meantime he’s getting a chance to show he’s got some gas left in the tank.

Video: Aristides Aquino becomes fastest player to 10 home runs in MLB history

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There’s no two ways about it: Aristides Aquino is having a rookie year for the ages. The hot-hitting Reds outfielder tacked another item onto his already lengthy list of accomplishments on Friday, clubbing a two-run, 396-foot home run off of Adam Wainwright in the sixth inning of the Reds’ 13-4 loss to the Cardinals.

The blast came far too late in the game to upset the Cardinals’ nine-run lead, but was otherwise perfectly timed for the rookie. It marked his 10th career home run in just 16 major-league games, officially making him the fastest MLB player to 10 homers in league history. (On a less-thrilling note, it was also the first home run allowed by the Cardinals in 32 2/3 consecutive innings.)

So far in 2019, Aquino is batting a robust .353/.400/.961 with 11 extra-base hits, 19 RBI, a 1.361 OPS, and 0.8 fWAR through 55 plate appearances. Friday’s feat follows other impressive performances from the 25-year-old, who collected three homers against the Cubs last Saturday and tied Trevor Story‘s previously unbeaten record for most homers through his first 10 career games. MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon adds that Aquino’s torrid home run pace also eclipsed the standing record held by the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins, who delivered nine home runs through his first 16 career games in 2017 (per Elias).