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Red Sox outright Rusney Castillo to Triple-A


On Sunday, the Red Sox placed outfielder Rusney Castillo on waivers. As expected due to his remaining salary, he cleared waivers and as such, the club outrighted him to Triple-A Pawtucket, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said of Castillo, “The big shortcoming has been the offensive production,” per the Providence Journal’s Tim Britton. Dombrowski also said of Castillo’s chances of returning to the majors, “That really depends on what he does.”

The Red Sox and Castillo agreed on a seven-year, $72.5 million contract in August 2014. Over parts of three seasons, he has hit a paltry .262/.301/.379 in 337 plate appearances. The numbers haven’t been much better in the minors, as he owns a .674 OPS in 333 plate appearances with Pawtucket.

Castillo is earning $10.5 million this season and will earn a combined $32.5 million from 2017-19. He can opt out of his contract after the 2019 season or collect a $13.5 million salary in 2020.

Luis Urías to miss six to eight weeks with fractured hamate bone

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Robert Murray reports that Brewers infielder Luis Urías underwent surgery to repair a fractured left hamate bone, suffered during a game in the Mexican Pacific Winter League. The club expects him to miss six to eight weeks, which likely means he will not start the regular season on time.

The Brewers acquired Urías from the Padres along with pitcher Eric Lauer in late November in exchange for pitcher Zach Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham.

Last season with the Padres, Urías hit .223/.329/.326 across 249 plate appearances. While his offense isn’t anything to write home about, he does play above-average defense with the ability to play several positions.

Urías was slated to be the regular shortstop, so his late start likely means Orlando Arcia will get another chance to prove himself. Arcia has failed to live up to expectations across four seasons in the big leagues thus far.