McDonald (oblique) continues rehab with Pawtucket

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McDonald (oblique) continues rehab with Pawtucket

BOSTON Outfielder Darnell McDonald is scheduled to continue he rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket as the PawSox host Norfolk later Monday afternoon.

McDonald, on the disabled list with a right oblique strain, has appeared in two games so far Friday and Sunday with a scheduled off day on Saturday. He is 0-for-5 with an RBI.

Darnell did well, said manager Bobby Valentine. He played seven innings on Sunday, hes going for nine today. Hes moving well in the outfield, not limited at all by the side injury and all he needs is at-bats now.

McDonald could be activated as early as Tuesday.

Carl Crawford on the 60-day disable list after off-season wrist surgery is progressing. He has been taking swings with a bat at a ball on a tee.

Carls up to progressing from 40 to 50 swings today, Valentine said. No ill effects from tee batting of yesterday and the day before.

Outfielder Jason Repko, on the DL with shoulder and knee ailments, has been with the Sox for the homestand.

Shoulders fully healed, Valentine said. His knee that was aggravated a little with a slide into second base and is in a managing stage. Hes wearing a brace and getting used to the brace so hes close to be ready for activation. Hell be playing in games.

Farrell angered after Castillo fails to run out grounder

Farrell angered after Castillo fails to run out grounder

The Red Sox signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract bn August 2014. Over parts of three seasons, the 29-year-old has a .679 OPS across 337 plate appearances in the majors and spent the vast majority of the 2016 season at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Castillo had a chance to start things off on the right foot in 2017, but that ship has already sailed. On Thursday against Northeastern at JetBlue Park, Castillo didn’t run out a routine ground ball. He claims he lost track of the outs. Manager John Farrell isn’t happy about the situation. Via Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald:

“Disappointing for a couple of reasons,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “One, he has lost the number of outs. Still, regardless of another of outs, getting down the line is controllable. And for a player in his situation, every little aspect of the game is important. That’s something that was addressed in the moment. He needs to execute the game situation. And for that matter, every player. But that one obviously stood out.”

Everyone always makes far too big a deal about running out grounders. It’s a real nit to pick when it’s February 23 and your team just finished playing an exhibition game that is even more meaningless than the other exhibition games that will be played in the coming month.

That being said, Castillo has to prove himself to merit inclusion on the 25-man roster and that means dotting all his i’s and crossing all his t’s. Even if he went hitless all spring, Castillo could have at least said he couldn’t have done anything else better. But on day one, he already gave his team a reason to count him out.

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.

Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.

Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double. 

The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park.