Red Sox pitchers, catchers to report Feb. 19

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Red Sox pitchers, catchers to report Feb. 19

Though the Red Sox don't know who will be managing the team next spring, the players now know when they'll have to report for spring training.

Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on Sunday, February 19, and will go through their first workout on Tuesday, February 21. The first full squad workout will be on Saturday, February 25.

Boston will open the Spring Training season with two college exhibitions on Saturday, March 3 -- a matinee against Northeastern University followed by a nightcap with Boston College.

The Red Sox will kick off the 2012 Grapefruit League schedule at home on Sunday, March 4 at 1:35 p.m. against their Mayors Cup rival Minnesota Twins.

The annual Spring Training equipment truck departure will take place on Saturday, February 11 from Fenway Park.

Tickets go on sale for spring training games on December 17. All workouts are open to the public free of charge.

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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.