Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo's debut in North America will come Sunday at the Boston Red Sox's minor league complex in Fort Myers, Fla.
The Red Sox have Castillo pencilled in to play three innings for Game 2 of the Gulf Coast League Red Sox's championship series against the Yankees.
Castillo, who signed a $72.5 million deal this month which runs through 2020, has been working out this week in Florida and was held out of the opener on Saturday.
After defecting from Cuba in December 2013 following five years in the island country's Serie Nacional, the 27-year-old Castillo has yet to play any professional baseball.
"For a kid who just came over here and performed in these workouts like he has, he's doing very well," Red Sox player development programs coordinator Laz Gutierrez told the Boston Globe. "He's really worked hard. He really wants to help the organization and the Red Sox."
The Red Sox also want to get Castillo into more games at the minor league level after the three-game GCL series wraps up by Monday at the latest before they call him up sometime in September.
"I'll probably wait to see what his game activity is going to look like," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "But I think we're all looking forward to seeing him on the field, no doubt."
REED REJOINS TIGERS
Right-hander Evan Reed is back with the Detroit Tigers after his life and career were placed on hold while he faced a sexual assault accusation.
A Detroit area judge dismissed the case, citing lack of evidence after Reed had been accused of sexually assaulting an unidentified woman at a Detroit casino on March 30.
"(It's) been a very tough year," Reed told the Detroit Free Press.
Reed, 28, was recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Friday.
"I have great support from the Tigers, I have great support from my family, my lawyers, everyone in my life was very supportive of me," Reed added. "It just allowed me to concentrate on pitching; take it one pitch at a time."
Reed was 0-1 with a 4.88 ERA in 27 games with Detroit this season.
CRISP OUT WITH SORE NECK
Oakland Athletics centre fielder Coco Crisp missed Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Angels after injuring his neck while trying to make a catch at the wall on Friday.
Crisp nearly made the play of the game, reaching above the wall and appearing to rob Angels catcher Chris Iannetta of a two-run homer in the fifth inning. He initially had the ball in his glove but lost it when he slammed into the wall and landed hard on his back.
Crisp left the game under his own power and was replaced in the lineup by Craig Gentry.
"I was worried about his head too, but his neck's the issue," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "He was a little shook up. We were worried about a concussion, but it wasn't."
RYU TO PITCH SUNDAY
Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu is expected to start Sunday as he returns from the disabled list after straining the gluteus medius and piriformis muscles in his right buttock.
The Dodgers also announced right-hander Roberto Hernandez will start Monday at home against the Washington Nationals.
"Ryu's been really good against San Diego, and Roberto's been really good against the Nationals," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told the Los Angeles Daily News.
Ryu is 13-6 with a 3.28 earned-run average and 122 strikeouts in 23 starts this season.
YANKS SIT ELLSBURY
New York centre fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was not in the Yankees lineup on Saturday because of a sprained ankle.
Left fielder Brett Gardner moved to centre while INF Martin Prado got the start in left against the Blue Jays in Toronto.
Ellsbury, who injured the ankle sliding into home in the ninth inning on Friday, hit a two-run home run in a five-run seventh of the 6-3 New York win.
This season, Ellsbury is batting .286 with 14 home runs, 64 RBIs and 37 stolen bases in 130 games.
PIRATES BOLSTER BENCH
The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled infielder Brent Morel from Triple-A Indianapolis and optioned left-handed pitcher Jeff Locke to one of their minor league affiliates.
Morel is expected to be available when the Pirates and Cincinnati Reds play Saturday. Morel was hitting .273 with four homers and 52 RBIs at Indianapolis. He appeared in 12 games earlier this season with Pirates and hit .143.
Injuries to OF Travis Snider and 3B Pedro Alvarez forced the Pirates to shore up their bench.
WHITE SOX MAKE MOVES
Before the start of the first game of a split doubleheader Saturday, the Chicago White Sox made three roster moves.
They purchased the contract of right hander Chris Bassitt from Double-A Birmingham to start the second game. The White Sox optioned right hander Scott Carroll to Triple-A Charlotte and recalled LHP Eric Surkamp from Triple-A to be the 26th man on the roster for the doubleheader.
Manager Robin Ventura said Carroll would be recalled soon and probably would remain in the rotation.