Castillo (groin) will start in right field Sunday in Triple-A Pawtucket's game against Syracuse.
Castillo made his season debut for Pawtucket in Saturday's doubleheader, playing both ends and finishing 1-for-6 with a walk and a run scored. His ability to play on back-to-back days suggests he's moved past the groin injury that sidelined him for a portion of Boston's Grapefruit League slate.
The Red Sox assigned Castillo (groin) to their minor-league camp Tuesday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
The Red Sox abandoned hope of getting any kind of value from Castillo long ago and are simply waiting for his seven-year, $72.5 million contract to come off the books at the conclusion of the 2020 season. Castillo, who was limited to one Grapefruit League appearance due to the groin injury, will report to Triple-A Pawtucket once healthy and will likely remain with the affiliate for the entire campaign.
Castillo has a right groin injury and won't play for at least three days, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
The issue is reportedly not particularly serious and should leave Castillo plenty of time to get in game shape by Opening Day. He's unlikely to spend that day on the big-league roster despite a strong .319/.360/.416 slash line at Triple-A Pawtucket last season.
Castillo was named the International League Player of the Week, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
Castillo is hitting a solid .316/.345/.436 on the season for Triple-A Pawtucket, following a 2017 campaign in which he hit .314/.350/.507 at the same level. Ordinarily, those numbers would leave a player on the brink of a promotion, but for a 30-year-old who's owed $35.5 million through 2020, there's little reason for the Red Sox to bring him up and add him to their luxury tax bill. His strong performance means there's at least a chance that another team will take a chance on him, but there won't be a long line of organizations queuing up for a player who's made just eight major-league plate appearances since 2015.
Castillo has been invited to the Red Sox's major-league camp this spring, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Castillo will get a look during spring after spending the entire 2017 campaign with Triple-A Pawtucket. He hit a respectable .314/.350/.507 with 15 homers and 14 stolen bases in 87 games for the PawSox, but still didn't receive a September callup because he would have pushed Boston over the luxury tax threshold last season. Castillo's strong 2017 season offers some hope moving forward, though even if he breaks camp with the Red Sox in 2018, he won't be more than the team's right-handed reserve outfielder.
Castillo (groin) was activated off the 7-day disabled list last week and reinstated to Triple-A Pawtucket. He went 4-for-20 over five games since being activated.
Castillo didn't play Thursday but did go 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI in Wednesday's Triple-A All-Star Game. He has hit .302/.339/.473 in 65 games for the PawSox in 2017.
Castillo will be placed on the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Pawtucket with a groin strain, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
Castillo suffered the injury during Wednesday's game, leaving after singling in his second at-bat. The good news is that the injury is minor, so he should be back on the field after a few days of rest, but it puts an unexpected halt to a very productive season for the outfielder. Heading into Thursday, the 29-year-old is slashing .311/.348/.496 with nine home runs, yet remains organizational depth behind a well-established Red Sox outfield.
Castillo left Wednesday's Triple-A game with groin tightness, Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal reports.
Castillo felt the groin grab on him after he stroked a single to left field. He's been red hot of late, hitting safely in 18 of the last 19 at a .420 clip (29-for-69).
Castillo (leg) is back in action at Triple-A Pawtucket. He is hitting .273/.299/.472 with seven home runs and seven stolen bases in 161 at-bats this season.
While those numbers are solid, they are hardly impressive, given Castillo's age (29) and pedigree ($72.5 million bonus in 2014). He does not appear to be particularly close to returning to any kind of prominent role in the big leagues.
Castillo exited Tuesday's game after being hit by a pitch on the leg and he is considered day-to-day, Brendan McGair of the Pawtucket Red Sox reports.
According to McGair, Castillo briefly stayed in the game after being hit by the pitch, but his leg eventually started to tighten up on him. Even if Pawtucket opts to keep Castillo out of the lineup Wednesday, he likely won't be out for long. Castillo is slashing .275/.299/.472 with six home runs at Triple-A this season.
Castillo was reassigned to the Red Sox's minor league camp Sunday, freelance Red Sox writer Maureen Mullen reports.
The Red Sox are still paying big money for Castillo after doling out a six-year, $72.5 million contract to the Cuban import back in 2014, but the team views him as a sunk cost at this point and is only keeping him around for organizational depth. He'll likely spend another season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he slashed .263/.309/.354 with two homers and nine stolen bases in 429 plate appearances in 2016.
Manager John Farrell said Castillo was "disappointing" during exhibition play Thursday when he jogged down the line on a double-play groundball, because he lost track of the outs and it didn't appear he was showing effort despite battling for a roster spot, Scott Lauber of ESPN.com reports.
Castillo's stock has plummeted since 2015, when he was pegged as a potential breakout candidate. Fantasy players know that never happened, as the Cuban has toiled away in the doghouse and with a .262/.301/.379 line in his short career. Boston's outfield is cemented with Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley and Mookie Betts, so Castillo may need a fresh start with another organization to have any hope for fantasy leagues.
Castillo is hitting .407/.410/.559 in his last 14 games for Triple-A Pawtucket. PawSox manager Kevin Boles credits Castillo being able to slow down his swing for the improvement, noting he's using all fields, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports. "The effort level (of his swing) has ticked down. We're starting to see better strike management... He's been impacting the ball to all fields. He's been terrific," said Boles.
For much of Castillo's career in the States, there's been a tendency to overswing, often resulting in weak groundball contact. Now, over the past two weeks during which he has nine multi-hit games, Castillo's using his natural bat speed to stay on the ball longer and drive it. "The effort level would get him to roll over balls quite a bit. The groundball ratio was very high," said Boles. "Now that he's settled in a little bit, the effort level is a little bit less, we're seeing the barrel spend more time in the zone. That's been key for him." If Castillo can continue on this trend, he could be a potential source of help in left field for Boston, perhaps as platoon option with rookie Andrew Benintendi.
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. 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 probably 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.
Castillo was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.
With Blake Swihart (ankle) now joining Brock Holt (concussion) on the DL, the Red Sox are thin on corner outfielders and will need Castillo to help add some depth. Chris Young will start in left field Sunday, and could end up seeing the lion's share of at-bats at the position, even though Castillo is now back with the major league team. Castillo was sitting on just a .245/.304/.320 slash line over 147 at-bats at Pawtucket and has been a major disappointment since signing a six-year, $72 million contract with the Red Sox in August of 2014.
Castillo was removed Triple-A Pawtucket's game Saturday, according to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe.
The decision to remove Castillo came after we learned Boston left fielder Blake Swihart left Saturday's game against the Blue Jays with an ankle injury. Pending Swihart's status, Castillo could be called up to Boston in time for Sunday's series finale against the Blue Jays.
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