Castro leaves game with knee sprain

Castro leaves game with knee sprain
September 2, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Jason Castro left Monday’s game with a right knee sprain after the All-Star catcher singled in a run in the second inning. Castro was replaced by pinch runner Cody Clark, who remained in the game at catcher.

Before Monday’s game with Minnesota, Astros manager Bo Porter was asked about the team’s catching situation. The Astros have only two on the active roster in Castro and the rookie Clark.

Two other catchers are on the mend on the seven-day concussion disabled list – Carlos Corporan and rookie Max Stassi. When rosters can expand from 25 to as many as 40 in September, the Astros brought up only two players in outfielder Trevor Crowe and right-handed reliever Jorge De Leon.

Asked if he would like to have three catchers on the active roster, Porter replied before Monday’s game, “Of course. You get to the point where you have an opportunity to expand the roster, especially an area that you would like to have an extra guy.

“And as much as we’ve been able to take care of Castro this year, we want to keep that same pattern, keep him fresh and finish him strong throughout the course of the year.”

Well, in the second inning that changed. Castro left after his single scored Robbie Grossman to give the Astros a 4-1 lead. Castro was 2-for-2, also driving in Grossman in the first inning.

The Astros’ Triple A team, Oklahoma City, has two catchers on their roster. Rene Garcia, who began the season at Double A Corpus Christi, is hitting .246 at OKC, .216 in the last 10 games. In 73 games with The Hooks Garcia hit .304. Carlos Perez is hitting .269 with the RedHawks in 75 games.

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