The Boston Red Sox’s outfield has taken shape.
The Red Sox optioned Rusney Castillo and Jackie Bradley Jr. to Triple-A Pawtucket before Thursday night’s spring training game, meaning Boston likely will open the season with Hanley Ramirez, Mookie Betts, Shane Victorino, Allen Craig and Daniel Nava as part of its outfield mix.
Shortstop Deven Marrero, right-handed pitcher Dalier Hinojosa and catcher Matt Spring also were reassigned to minor league camp before the Grapefruit League contest against the Minnesota Twins at Hammond Stadium.
The Red Sox’s outfield situation has been one of the most interesting storylines of spring training. Castillo and Bradley were logical choices to be sent down, though, despite both having solid camps.
Boston’s starting outfield will consist of Ramirez (left field), Betts (center field) and Victorino (right field). Nava and Craig will serve as backups, and each has experience at first base, too.
Castillo and Bradley both are expected to see time in center field and right field while at Pawtucket.
The Red Sox have 38 players remaining in major league camp, including 30 active players from the 40-man roster, seven non-roster invitees and one player on the disabled list. They will start the season with 25 players, so more cuts will have to be made.
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