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Rusney Castillo: The video

08.23.14 at 2:54 pm ET
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For those intrigued by a glimpse of what Rusney Castillo looks like as a baseball player, JAY-Z’s Life+Times channel on Youtube produced the following look at the Red Sox‘ new outfielder:

How Rusney Castillo’s contract breaks down

08.23.14 at 2:11 pm ET
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Rusney Castillo joins Red Sox GM Ben Cherington to sign his seven-year, $72.5 million contract. (Roc Nation)

Rusney Castillo joins Red Sox GM Ben Cherington to sign his seven-year, $72.5 million contract. (Roc Nation)

The Red Sox announced the signing of outfielder Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million deal that begins immediately and runs through 2020. Here is the breakdown of the deal:

Signing Bonus- $5.4m

2014 Base Salary:    $100k total for the remainder of the year
2015 Base Salary:    $10.5m
2016 Base Salary:    $10.5m
2017 Base Salary:    $10.5m
2018 Base Salary:    $11m
2019 Base Salary:    $11m
2020 Base Salary:    $13.5m

Castillo, who is represented by Roc Nation Sports (a joint ventura of CAA Sports and Roc Nation), has the right to opt out of the seventh and final year of his deal (his age 32 season).

While the deal is in a different ballpark from the seven-year, $153 million deal that Jacoby Ellsbury landed, Castillo will be paid with a guarantee commensurate with or in excess of other top center fielders who have signed free agent deals in recent years, including: Curtis Granderson (four years, $60 million), Michael Bourn (four years, $48 million), Angel Pagan (four years, $40 million) and Shane Victorino (three years, $39 million). Read the rest of this entry »

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Red Sox pregame notes: Xander Bogaerts continues to be evaluated for possible concussion; Joe Kelly feels ‘no ill effects’ after exiting early from Friday start

08.23.14 at 1:50 pm ET
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Xander Bogaerts

Xander Bogaerts

Xander Bogaerts‘€™ status going forward with Boston is uncertain in the wake of the 21-year-old taking a Felix Hernandez pitch off the helmet in Friday’€™s loss to the Mariners.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Bogaerts — who is not in the lineup for Saturday’€™s game against Seattle — still needs to undergo additional evaluations to rule out the potential for a concussion.

“€œAnytime you get hit in the head like he did last night and get removed from the game, he’€™s got to go through a protocol, which he’€™s going through today, just to see if there’€™s any concussion symptoms,” Farrell said. “So that’€™s what’€™s taking place this morning.”

While it appeared that Bogaerts was healthy enough to remain in the game after being struck in the head by the 89 mph changeup, it became apparent to Farrell that his shortstop was beginning to lose focus as the game dragged on, leading to his removal from the game.

“The eye tests, the walking in a straight line, having him stand there with his eyes closed, all those were negative results, so it was determined at that point that he continue, based on his response to questions and all that our trainers put him through in the moment,” Farrell said. “But it’s not uncommon, as time goes on, that you start to feel the onset of symptoms and that was the case last night and that’€™s when he was removed.”

Even though no results have been released in terms of Bogaerts’€™ latest series of tests, he told WEEI.com’€™s Alex Speier Saturday morning that he felt better and hopes to play Sunday in the series finale against Seattle.

OTHER RED SOX NOTES

– Another Red Sox player was removed early from Friday’€™s game, as starter Joe Kelly was lifted after five innings despite only throwing 86 pitches. Kelly said after the game that he felt a slight sensation in his shoulder after delivering a curveball in the fifth inning, but that his exit was merely precautionary.

Farrell agreed with Kelly’€™s claims, adding that he expects no limitations for the right-hander going forward.

“€œJoe came in and felt no ill effects from last night after a battery of tests that he went through after the game that didn’€™t reproduce any of the symptoms,” Farrell said. “It was followed up with him feeling well this morning and he’€™s on target to start in five days.”

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John Farrell: Rusney Castillo looks like ‘a shorter version of [Yasiel] Puig’

08.23.14 at 12:51 pm ET
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Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo signs autographs at Fenway Park Saturday morning. (Conor Ryan/WEEI.com)

Cuban defector Rusney Castillo signs autographs at Fenway Park Saturday morning. (Conor Ryan/WEEI.com)

The Red Sox‘ latest Cuban import has finally touched down in Beantown.

Outfielder Rusney Castillo, who is expected to be introduced as a Red Sox on Saturday after agreeing to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract with Boston, was at Fenway Park Saturday morning, chatting with Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (a fellow client of Roc Nation Sports, a partnership between Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and CAA) and signing autographs near the Red Sox dugout.

While the deal has yet to be announced, Red Sox manager John Farrell stated that Castillo is enthusiastic about getting his first taste of major-league action in Boston.

“I did get a chance to sit with him and talk with him this morning, he’€™s excited to be here. Glad the process has moved along to this point and excited to get started, when that day comes,” Farrell said.

The timetable for when Castillo will be officially introduced by the organization is unclear at this time, but Farrell added that a press conference will likely be held after Saturday’€™s game with more information on Castillo’€™s status with the club.

“€œHe’€™s going through the final stages of a full exam here. He’€™s in town, as everyone has probably seen. … What remains? There still are a number of administrative things that he’€™s got to go through, a work visa, all those types of things,” Farrell said. “As far as a timeline, that will be determined a little bit later, and like I said, all those questions will be answered later today.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Saturday’s Red Sox-Mariners matchups: Brandon Workman vs. Chris Young

08.23.14 at 9:52 am ET
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The Red Sox continue their three-game series against the Mariners at Fenway Park on Saturday afternoon when they send Brandon Workman to the mound against Chris Young.

Brandon Workman

Brandon Workman

After struggling in his last five starts, Workman (1-7, 4.26 ERA) had his turn in the rotation skipped last week before returning to the mound against the Angels Monday night. The added rest seemed to have paid off. The right-hander had his best start in two months, allowing just two runs on six hits over seven innings. Workman walked two and struck out five, but didn’t get the necessary run support and took the decision in a 4-2 Red Sox loss.

“The added rest helped,” manager John Farrell said after the game. “I thought his stuff ticked up in terms of action, crispness, velocity. He was down in the strike zone with more consistency. With the exception of a two-out walk in the third [and] a couple of base hits to follow, he more than did his job tonight.”

Saturday will be Workman’s third career appearance and second start against the Mariners. His latest appearance against Seattle came July 30, 2013, at Fenway Park. He held the Mariners to one run on six hits over six innings for his first major league win. Workman is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA against Seattle.

Young (12-6, 3.07 ERA) has been a notable reason why the Mariners have been so successful this season, especially as of late. The 35-year-old is 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA in his last three starts, and hasn’t lost a decision since July 13.

Young tossed his fourth shutout of the season in his most recent outing last Sunday at Detroit. The righty held the Tigers to four hits and one walk over six innings. Young has, however, had trouble pitching deep into games, a likely result of a history of arm trouble. He’s pitched a combined 22 1/3 innings in his last four starts. Read the rest of this entry »

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Koji Uehara suffers through worse relief outing of career

08.23.14 at 12:50 am ET
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Koji Uehara

Koji Uehara

It only seemed fitting in a season filled disappointments and underperformances that the Red Sox would squander a 3-0 lead in the ninth inning against the Mariners.

What no one really expected was the culprit behind the collapse.

Red Sox closer Koji Uehara entered the ninth as perhaps the closest thing that Boston has had to a sure bet this year, compiling a 1.53 ERA and .080 WHIP with 26 saves on the season.

Uehara seemed to be in prime position to put Seattle away, forcing Endy Chavez into an 1-2 count with two outs and Logan Morrison on first. Chavez would eventually battle back and work the walk to put runners on first and second.

Pinch hitter Chris Denorfia would then single on a soft line drive to right field to load the bases for Austin Jackson, who doubled on a sharp line drive to left that drove in two, cutting Boston’€™s lead to just one run. Seattle quickly grabbed their first lead of the night in the next at-bat, as Dustin Ackley forced a bloop single into left field between shortstop Brock Holt and left fielder Yoenis Cespedes, driving in two more runs to give the Mariners a 4-3 lead.

Robinson Cano would tack on an additional run with an RBI single before Red Sox manager John Farrell emerged from the dugout to take the ball away from Uehara -€“ but the damage was already irrevocably done. Uehara was charged with five hits and five earned runs in just 2/3 of an inning as the Red Sox fell to the Mariners, 5-3.

“To me, the key at-bat in the ninth inning was the Chavez walk,” Farrell said after the game. “€œWe’€™ve got two outs, a man at first base and a 1-2 count, and he battles his way back into the count and works out a walk and then the 0-2 pitch to Denorfia, he pushes a base hit to right field, 0-2 pitch to Jackson for the double and unfortunately, Ackley finds kind of the Bermuda Triangle out there to drive in the two go-ahead runs. Maybe a lack of finish to Koji’€™s splitter was the difference tonight.”

Friday night made for one of Uehara’€™s worst outings in his MLB career. It was the most runs that the 39-year-old has allowed in an outing since surrendering six runs with the Orioles during a start against the Rays on May 5, 2009.

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Joe Kelly, Xander Bogaerts exit early due to injury, report no lingering issues

08.22.14 at 11:59 pm ET
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The Red Sox not only came out of Friday night with a 5-3 loss to the Mariners, but also with a couple of injury issues that forced players from the game prematurely.

Xander Bogaerts, who was hit square in the head with Felix Hernandez pitch in the fifth inning, was forced to exit in the bottom of the sixth.

‘€œXander, in the top of the following inning, started to not be able to hold his focus or his concentration as much toward the end of that half-inning,’€ said Red Sox manager John Farrell. ‘€œGot him out of the game at that time.’€

‘€œOnce I got on defense, I mean, I was happy that I got no groundballs because I kind of lost my focus a bit,’€ Bogaerts said. ‘€œI was looking at [second baseman Dustin Pedroia] a lot and he was asking am I OK. I knew I didn’€™t feel 100 percent right there.

‘€œI feel good. I’€™ll come to the park [Saturday] and see how I feel and take it from there.’€

Red Sox starter Joe Kelly also had to leave prematurely, failing to come out for the sixth after throwing just 86 pitches. The pitcher’€™s issue stemmed from a feeling he felt in the fifth, that was short-lived but offered reason for caution.

‘€œHe felt some kind of sensation in his shoulder on one pitch,’€ Farrell said. ‘€œWe went out and checked him. He couldn’€™t reproduce anything in the two warm-up throws he threw after that. He got through that inning. Precautionary, got him out of the game. Following coming out, no restrictions on range of motion, not ability to reproduce any of the symptoms, so we’€™ll certainly check him again tomorrow.’€

‘€œIt stinks,’€ said Kelly, who allowed just one hit while striking out five and walking three. ‘€œI had a little minor tweak in my shoulder that I felt on a curveball in that first pitch of the at-bat. That was something I hadn’€™t felt. So I had a couple more warmup pitches where I thought I was okay enough to finish the inning. Then I was taken out due to precautionary reasons. It was something that me and the training staff will look over and we think it’€™s not too serious.’€

After the game, Kelly reported no issues.

‘€œI feel good,’€ he said. ‘€œRan through some tests. Other than just pitching 88 pitches through five innings and having normal soreness and fatigue, there’€™s no signs of anything too big at all. I feel like I’€™m going to go out there and pitch my next start.’€

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