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New Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo will make his minor league debut Sunday

Aug 30, 2014, 1:02 PM EDT

Rusney Castillo AP AP

According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, new Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo will make his professional debut tomorrow in Game Two of the rookie-level Gulf Coast League championship series.

This will actually be Castillo’s first game action since his final season in Cuba in 2012. The Red Sox considered having him make his debut today in Tampa so that Red Sox manager John Farrell and his coaching staff could attend, however they ultimately decided to ease him into things for a game at Fort Myers, which is where he has spent most of the week.

Castillo, who landed a record seven-year, $72.5 million contract, is expected to play about three innings in his debut. The minor league season is wrapping up, but the Red Sox have other affiliates in the postseason, so the 27-year-old should see more game action in the coming days. He’s expected to make his way to the major league roster at some point in September.

  1. irishlad19 - Aug 30, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Hasn’t played in two seasons; best to ease him along to get ready for spring training, no need to rush.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 30, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      they’re in last place, so he may treat games with the Red Sox as spring training games too… especially since they’re just playing out the schedule now at 18.5 games back of first.

  2. flosox - Aug 30, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Wow! $73mil and hasn’t played since 2012…………..ok……

    Talk about money being no issue

  3. whatacrocker - Aug 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    He’s going to play for the Padres?

  4. sfm073 - Aug 30, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    I can’t believe all these Cuban players are signing for so many years. What type of contract would Puig command on the open market?

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 30, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      That’s why teams do it. If he performs 10 mill a year will be cheap like Puig.

  5. professor30 - Aug 30, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Having not played for 2 years will now play in game #2 of the GCL championship series. I’m sure his new teammates will appreciate that.

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 30, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      Life ain’t fair.

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