ST. PETERSBURG -- Center fielder Rusney Castillo will move up the Minor League chain and play for Double-A Portland, starting with Wednesday's playoff game against Binghamton.
This, after Castillo played in back-to-back Gulf Coast League playoff games in Florida on Sunday and Monday.
Castillo went 0-for-3 with a walk on Monday in Tampa while playing six innings in center field.
The Red Sox are fortunate to have both Portland and Pawtucket still playing, and that will allow Castillo to get the at-bats he needs to shake off the rust after not playing competitive baseball for more than a year.
"I think we've looked at it as, 'Let's get him every available at-bat before those teams shut down' before we would entertain the thought: 'Is the next step here with us?" explained manager John Farrell.
Castillo signed a seven-year, $72.5 million deal with the Red Sox on Aug. 23.