NEW YORK -- Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington says the team is pleased with the progress being made by Rusney Castillo -- who went 1-for-3 with a single, a stolen base and a run scored while playing the first six innings of Portland's 8-5 loss to Binghamton Wednesday night in Game 1 of their Eastern League playoff series -- and that he should see action in the major leagues before the season is over.
"Reports have been very good since he's reported to [the Sox]," Cherington said Wednesday night prior to the Red Sox' 5-1 loss to the Yankees. "He's working hard, attitude's been great, soaking stuff in, soaking all the information in. Obviously, he's had a handful of at-bats and we know that it's been a while since he's had a lot of game activity and he just needs at-bats, so we're going to try put together as many as we can.''
Cherington said the Sox aren't paying too much attention to the results to date, but more focused on "watching him integrate into the daily routine and get comfortable with the things we were asking him to do. He's done that very quickly . . . We didn't really have a lot of expectations about what the at-bats are going to look like other than, over time, obviously, we expect him to be a good player.''
He reiterated that the Sox, "barring something unforeseen,'' expect Castillo will be brought up to the big leagues "at some point this month.''
"We'll try to take advantage of whatever minor league games we have left,'' said Cherington. "We haven't looked past this current series with Portland. I think what we want to do is sort of maximize the number of at-bats he gets and sort of balancing that with the transition back (onto the field). There may even be off-days built into this progression.''
Cherington added Castillo could play winter ball in the Caribbean or Mexico, or if additional work permits don't come through in time, could play in either Puerto Rico or the Arizona Fall League.