A thumb injury threatened Rusney Castillo's development this winter, but after the outfielder was examined in Boston and cleared by the Red Sox medical staff, he will be playing Winter Ball. As first reported by Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, Castillo will join the Criollos de Caguas on Nov. 26, a source tells Over the Monster. The Alex Cora-managed team will is a part of the Puerto Rican Winter League.
With the Criollos, Castillo will get 100 at-bats. Prior to his injury, Castillo was scheduled to join the team on Nov. 7 and play through the end of the month. Red Sox prospect Henry Ramos is among the players also playing under Cora in Puerto Rico.
Castillo showed off some of his potential during his stint with the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League, hitting hit .278 (10-for-38) with 10 runs and a .333 on-base percentage in eight games. In his short stint with the Red Sox at the end of the season, Castillo hit .333 (12-for-36) with two home runs and a .400 on-base percentage and a .528 slugging percentage.