ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Rusney Castillo, the Cuban outfielder signed by the Red Sox a week ago, could make his organizational debut as early as Saturday. Or, he could wait another day or two.
Castillo, who has been working at the team's spring training complex in Fort Myers and received his necessary work permit earlier this week, could be part of the Gulf Coast League Red Sox roster Saturday. The GCL Sox are scheduled to begin a playoff series with the Tampa Yankees at Legends Field Saturday in Tampa.
But the Sox could determine he still needs some further time before getting into game conditions. After emigrating from Cuba and going through the process of establishing residency in Haiti and going through a long tryout and bidding process, he hasn't played in organized games in almost 18 months.
"I know that there's some discussion going on right now as to what the game activity will be for him,'' said John Farrell, "as we move forward. There's nothing to announce right now. Hopefully, by the end of tonight, there would be more clarity on that. Nothing to report to you right now.''
The series between the Red Sox and Yankee affiliates is a best-of-three affair with the second game scheduled to take place Sunday in Fort Myers.
* Allen Craig already has played two outfield spots and first base for the Red Sox.
Is third base next?
Craig played there some in the minors, and it would allow the Sox to alleviate some of their overcrowding in the outfield next season, with Yoenis Cespedes, Rusney Castillo, Shane Victorino, Daniel Nava, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts all under team control.
"We haven't thought of that, no,'' said Farrell. "We haven't discussed it. It's been roughly five years since he last played there and we're trying to get him as comfortable as we can here, keep him at positions of familiarity to try to get him untracked offensively.
"We don't want to add anything that might cause any split concentration.''