When Rusney Castillo signed a 7-year $72.5 million deal with the Boston Red Sox out of Cuba late last season, he was expected to be a major contributor right out of the gate. He certainly did, hitting .333/.400/.528 with 2 homers and 6 RBIs in 10 games last September and he was expected to continue that hot hitting into 2015. However, things changed with an oblique injury that forced him to miss most of spring training and Castillo subsequently found himself in Triple-A Pawtucket to begin the 2015 season. He would then crash into a wall and land on the minor league-DL.
After posting a .327/.368/.519 slash line since returning from his injury, the Red Sox decided not to hold him back any longer and have called him up to the Major Leagues. As first reported by Ian Brown of MLB.com, Castillo started in right field tonight and batted eighth in the lineup. This call-up has answered the prayers of many Red Sox fans who have been greatly disappointed by the poor recent play from Mookie Betts (hitting .233/.293/.393) and Daniel Nava (hitting .172/.269/.207). While this move doesn’t completely fix the Red Sox, it will be an instrumental step in climbing from 3.5 games back in the AL East.
Castillo went 1-for-4 with a run scored in his big league debut as the Red Sox lost to the Los Angeles Angels, 12-5.