Astros acquire Pagnozzi from the Braves

Astros acquire Pagnozzi from the Braves
September 3, 2013, 1:30 pm
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Down to one healthy catcher on the active roster after Jason Castro left Monday’s game in the second inning with a right knee sprain, the Astros made a trade on Tuesday to acquire catcher Matt Pagnozzi from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for cash considerations.

The 30-year-old Pagnozzi, who most recently played in the major leagues in 2011 with Pittsburgh, will be active for Tuesday night’s game against the Minnesota Twins. To make room for Pagnozzi on the 40-man roster, the Astros will transfer right-handed reliever Edgar Gonzalez on the 60-day disabled list.

Rookie Cody Clark is the healthy catcher on the roster. Catchers Carlos Corporan and Max Stassi are recovering from concussion injuries sustained in recent games.

An MRI done on Castro’s knee on Tuesday showed a cyst on the medial side and the All-Star catcher is listed as day-to-day. It’s the same knee Castro had ACL surgery on in March of 2011, forcing him to miss the entire regular season.

The right-handed hitting Pagnozzi has appeared in only 33 major league games and has a .310 career batting average with 13 RBIs, going 22-for-71. He played for the Cardinals (2009-10) and Rockies (2011) in addition to the Pirates in 2011.

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