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Rusney Castillo could play in a minor league game this weekend

Aug 28, 2014, 8:05 PM EDT

The Red Sox signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo agreed to a record seven-year, $72 million contract less than one week ago and it looks like they aren’t wasting any time getting him into game action.

Per Gordon Edes of, Castillo has successfully obtained a work visa from the U.S. government and is now eligible to play in games. The 27-year-old arrived at the Red Sox facility in Fort Myers, Florida on Wednesday to begin workouts. The minor league season is drawing to a close in a hurry, but one option is to use him during the Gulf Coast League playoffs this weekend. The expectation is that he will get some major league experience in September.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Awesome. Finally something to get excited about.

    Checking to see if he and Cespedes had good games in 7-3 6-3 5-1 losses.

    In all seriousness, next season can’t come fast enough. Hopefully the offseason is productive and they don’t sign anyone with the last name Drew. Ever again. Under any circumstances.

    • pete2112 - Aug 29, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      Are you blaming Drew for their horrible season?

    • lyfordjr - Aug 29, 2014 at 2:11 PM

      Hopefully … they don’t sign anyone with the last name Drew. Ever again. Under any circumstances.

      I’m not aware of any Drews out there that make sense for them right now. But since both JD and Stephen played well in Boston, and were key components of World Series championships, the comment is mystifying to me…

  2. randygnyc - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    I read somewhere, but I could be mistaken, that playing this September was part of the negotiations before he signed. Meaning, he was only going to sign with a team that guaranteed he would play at the MLB level this September.

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