FORT MYERS — Cuban CF Rusney Castillo will make his debut on American soil today.
Castillo, who last weekend signed a seven-year, $72.5 million contract with the Red Sox, is expected to start for Boston's Gulf Coast League team in Fort Myers in Game 2 of the championship series against the Yankees' Tampa affiliate, the Boston Herald reported. It will mark his first game of any kind in a year and a half.
"He's ready," Red Sox player development coordinator Laz Gutierrez, who has supervised Castillo's morning workouts at the team's spring facility, told the Herald. "He really wants to help the organization and the Red Sox."
Castillo, 27, is expected to play about three innings then move up to Double-A Portland or Triple-A Pawtucket before making his major-league debut in September.
O'S REINFORCE: The AL East-leading Orioles acquired OF Alejandro De Aza from the White Sox for minor-league RHPs Mark Blackmar and Miguel Chalas; and former Rays INF Kelly Johnson and minor-league INF Michael Almanzar from the Red Sox for minor-league INFs Jemile Weeks and Ivan De Jesus. Also, an MRI exam showed that 1B Steve Pearce has no tears in his strained abdomen.
A'S: CF Coco Crisp is day to day with a strained neck suffered Friday night.
DODGERS: SS Hanley Ramirez was a late addition to the starting lineup a day after exiting in the eighth inning with an injured left leg.
RANGERS: LHP Derek Holland was activated from the disabled list and is scheduled to make his season debut Tuesday. Holland had microfracture knee surgery in January.
YANKEES: CF Jacoby Ellsbury was out of the lineup with a sore left ankle.