Sox Notes: Ellsbury, Matsuzaka, rotation, minor leagues

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Sox Notes: Ellsbury, Matsuzaka, rotation, minor leagues

BOSTON Jacoby Ellsbury is out of the starting lineup for the third straight game (although he did get into Thursdays game in Tampa Bay). Manager Bobby Valentine did not disclose the injury, but Ellsbury may be out until Tuesday, giving him two days off with Mondays off day.

Oh, gosh, I have no idea, Valentine said when asked if Ellsbury would play Sunday. Probably will be conservative and cautious. But when hes ready to play, love to have him play.

Perhaps if the standings and the Red Sox situation were different, Ellsbury could play?

Im not sure, Valentine said. Its something I think he wants to be cautious with.

Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected to start the final game of the season, Oct. 3 in New York, skipping his next turn. In 10 starts, he has posted a record of 1-6 with a 7.68 ERA this season.

With two off-days coming up, Monday and Thursday, the Sox rotation will be in some flux. Right-hander Aaron Cook is starting Saturday against the Orioles, with left-hander Felix Doubront starting Sunday. Valentine said Clay Buchholz would get five days of rest while Jon Lester will get six. Right-hander Zach Stewart is scheduled to start Sunday in Baltimore.

The Red Sox announced the minor league awards. Brandon Workman was named the teams minor league pitcher of the year and shortstop Xander Bogaerts has been named offensive player of the year. Jackie Bradley was named the defensive player of the year. Third baseman Garin Cecchini was named base runner of the year. Right-handed pitcher Keivin Heras and outfielder Manuel Margot were named the teams Latin program pitcher and player of the year, respectively.

Daniel Nava was given the Lou Gorman Award. Created in 2011, the awardis given annually to a Red Sox minor league player who has demonstrated dedication and perseverance in overcoming obstacles while working his way to the Major League team.

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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.