Report: Red Sox’s Rusney Castillo Will Play Winter Ball In Puerto Rico


Rusney Castillo’s thumb issue is behind him.

Castillo, whose Arizona Fall League stint was cut short because of a bruised thumb, has been cleared to play winter ball in Puerto Rico, according to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. The Boston Red Sox outfielder reportedly will join the Criollos de Caguas on Nov. 26.

Joon Lee of OverTheMonster.com, citing a source, also is hearing that Castillo will suit up for the Criollos de Caguas, who are managed by former Red Sox infielder Alex Cora. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told reporters earlier this week at the GM Meetings in Phoenix that he was unsure whether Castillo would play winter ball as originally planned, though he noted the Cuban outfielder’s hand injury no longer is a concern.

Castillo, who signed a seven-year, $72.5 million contract in August, hit .333 with two homers, six RBIs, three stolen bases and a .928 OPS in 10 games with Boston down the stretch. The 27-year-old is expected to garner roughly 100 at-bats in Puerto Rico while preparing for the 2015 season.

Castillo recently was examined and cleared by the Red Sox medical staff.

Thumbnail photo via Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports Images

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