Castillo cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports. Castillo likely went unclaimed due to his poor track record of success and enormous contract (six-year, $72.5 million). The 28-year-old Cuban was hitting just .245/.304/.320 with one home run and 13 RBI through 38 games at the Triple-A level this season and will now report back to Triple-A for the time being.
Castillo was placed on outright waivers Sunday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. After signing a six-year, $72.5 million contract in August 2014, Castillo was a massive disappointment for the Red Sox, appearing in just 99 games over parts of three seasons and slashing a meager .262/.301/.379 over 337 plate appearances. Given his huge contract and lack of accomplishments, Castillo is likely to go unclaimed off waivers, but he shouldn't have trouble finding work upon moving on from the organization, as plenty of teams figure to be interested in taking a chance on an outfielder who was regarded as one of the top prospects in Cuba just a few years earlier.
Castillo was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket following Friday's game against the Mariners, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports. Castillo has now made appearances in nine games for the Red Sox this season, accruing two hits over eight at-bats. He's a candidate for another call-up this summer, although the Red Sox don't seem to be affording the 28-year-old much time on the diamond this season.
Castillo went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Thursday night's 5-1 loss to the Orioles. He was the fill-in starter in left field for Chris Young, who left Wednesday's game with a quadriceps injury. This was Castillo's first start since being called up from Triple-A Pawtucket on June 5. Prior to Thursday's game, he had just one at-bat over the previous 11 days. And the layoff showed, as he looked overmatched while striking out. Young should return to the lineup Friday, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, so this was a one-time shot for Castillo.
Castillo is in the lineup playing left field against Baltimore on Thursday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. Castillo will be making his second start of the season in Thursday's outing after coming into Wednesday's game for Chris Young (quadriceps) during the ninth inning. The 28-year-old was recently called up from Triple-A Pawtucket on June 5 after batting .245 with one home run and 13 RBI in 147 at-bats for the minor league club. Castillo is 2-for-8 with the Red Sox this season and could get some decent playing time depending on the severity of Young's injury.
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