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


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.

Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

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Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.