ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Houston rookie catcher Max Stassi has rejoined the team in the same ballpark where he was hit by a pitch in the jaw and missed a month with a concussion.
Stassi hasn't played since Aug. 21 at Rangers Ballpark, where a pitch from Texas reliever Tanner Scheppers glanced off his left shoulder and hit him in the jaw the day after his major league debut. Stassi spent a night in an Arlington hospital before returning to Houston.
The 22-year-old Stassi played one game in the Florida Instructional League before rejoining the Astros. He replaced Carlos Corporan in the sixth inning Monday night.
Stassi, who had been called up from Double-A Corpus Christi, got his first big league RBI when he was hit by Scheppers' pitch with the bases loaded.