Castellanos (illness) will start in right field and bat third Thursday in the Reds' Cactus League game against the Brewers, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Castellanos returns to the spring lineup for the first time since Feb. 26 after the Reds kept him out of action as a precaution for more than a week due to the illness. The 28-year-old finds himself a little behind schedule now, but he'll have plenty of time to pick up the at-bats he needs to gear up for Opening Day.
Castellanos (illness) is expected to play Thursday in the Reds' Cactus League game against the Brewers, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Castellanos has been withheld from the Reds' spring lineups the past few days due to the illness, but he's apparently made a fair amount of progress since resuming workouts. It's unclear if Castellanos will be limited to designated-hitter duties Thursday or immediately take back a spot in the corner field, but either way, he's in no danger of missing Opening Day.
Castellanos' absence from Friday's lineup is due to illness, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. The report is a reassuring one after Castellanos was a late scratch for initially unknown reasons. There doesn't appear to be any reason to worry about the outfielder's readiness for Opening Day.
Castellanos was scratched from the lineup for Friday's game against Oakland for undisclosed reasons, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. It's not yet clear if Castellanos is dealing with a significant injury, or something minor. If he's forced to miss time, more at-bats would be opened up for Aristides Aquino in right field.
Castellanos agreed Monday with the Reds on a contract, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports. The outfielder will make $64 million over four years but can opt out after the first season, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.com. Though the Rangers and Giants remained in the bidding for Castellanos' services as recently as a few days ago, the Reds were able to make significant headway in negotiations with the 27-year-old over the weekend and have now finalized a deal. Castellanos will likely man right or left field as he heads to Cincinnati, presumably pushing Jesse Winker (neck) and/or Aristides Aquino to the bench as a result. While his outfield defense leaves much to be desired, Castellanos will provide yet another boost to an offense already brimming with quality talent, essentially filling the lineup spot that was vacated by Yasiel Puig. Castellanos has been an above-league-average hitter each of the past four seasons, slashing .286/.336/.504 (121 wRC+) over that span.