Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was placed on the paternity leave list prior to tonight's game against the Baltimore Orioles. To fill his spot on the 25-man roster, outfielder Rusney Castillo was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket and will be active for tonight's game at Camden Yards beginning at 7:05 p.m.
President of Baseball Operations David Dombrowski made the announcement.
Castillo, 28, began the season on the major league roster, making one start on April 9 in Toronto and going 2-for-4 with one run scored and one double before being optioned to Pawtucket on April 15. In 37 International League games this season, the right-handed hitter has a .241 average (35-for-145) with eight doubles, one home run, 13 RBI, and three stolen bases while appearing in center field (24 games), left field (eight games), and right field (six games). Originally signed by the Red Sox as an international free agent on August 23, 2014, the Cuba native has played 91 major league games over the last three seasons, batting .265 (83-for-313) with 42 runs scored, 12 doubles, two triples, seven home runs, 35 RBI, and seven stolen bases. In 77 career minor league games, all with Pawtucket, Castillo has hit .262 (79-for-301) with 15 doubles, four home runs, and 30 RBI.
Bradley Jr. has started 50 of the Red Sox' 51 games this season, ranking among American League leaders with a .331 batting average (5th), a .409 on-base percentage (3rd), a .601 slugging percentage (3rd), and a 1.010 OPS (2nd). His 29-game hitting streak from April 24-May 25 is tied for the fourth-longest in Red Sox history and is the longest for any major leaguer this season. Over his last 100 games since August 9, 2015, the 26-year-old ranks third in the major leagues with a .996 OPS. Originally drafted by the Red Sox in the first round of the 2011 June Draft, the left-handed batter has hit .237 (208-for-878) with 134 runs scored, 54 doubles, 10 triples, 23 home runs, and 120 RBI over 288 career games while posting a .992 fielding percentage (5 errors, 660 total chances) and recording 23 outfield assists.