Can Rusney Castillo handle the Green Monster? The Boston Red Sox are about to find out.
Castillo started in left field Wednesday against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. It marked his first career start at the position. The Sox are looking to see whether he’s a viable left field option for 2016.
Red Sox acting manager Torey Lovullo said Tuesday that Hanley Ramirez — Boston’s primary left fielder for much of this season — won’t play in the outfield for the remainder of 2015. Ramirez likely will play some first base when he returns from his injury, and the Red Sox will continue to evaluate how Castillo, Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. best fit into the outfield picture moving forward.
Lovullo discussed Castillo’s transition to left field before Wednesday’s game. The Cuban slugger has been working hard with outfield instructor Arnie Beyeler to gain a firm grasp on the challenge.
Check out Lovullo’s pregame comments in the video above from “Red Sox First Pitch.”
Thumbnail photo via Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports Images
Thumbnail photo via Boston Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo
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