Red Sox send $72.5 million outfielder Rusney Castillo back to Triple-A

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After not playing Rusney Castillo for a week the Red Sox have decided to demote the 27-year-old rookie outfielder back to Triple-A.

Castillo played regularly upon being called up last month, but he wasn’t very productive and once the Red Sox acquired veteran outfielder Alejandro De Aza his playing time dried up.

Castillo remains a big part of the Red Sox’s long-term plans after signing for $72.5 million after leaving Cuba, but a last-place team choosing to play a mediocre veteran pickup like De Aza over him suggests they think he needs more development time in the minors at the very least.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.