There is no timetable for Jason Castro’s return to the Houston lineup. Counting Friday’s home game with the Angels, the Astros All-Star catcher will have missed eight of the last 11 games after having a cyst in his right knee drained on Sept. 3.
Castro was the designated hitter for a few games in Oakland and he may have returned to action a little too early.
“It was pretty irritated still when I was trying to come back on it,” said Castro. “We just wanted to step back and give it a chance to heal. It feels a lot better now and hopefully it won’t be too much longer. “
When Castro does return to the Houston lineup, it most likely will be a few games at DH.
“We want to give it some time to completely calm down after having that needle stuck in there,” said Castro. “The biggest thing was taking a step back allowing it to heal and rest up and get to the point where I can get back in the lineup regularly.”
With only 16 games remaining in the season, the Astros aren’t rushing Castro to get back behind the plate. Castro missed the entire 2011 season while recovering from a right knee injury.
“From an organizational standpoint, we want to make sure that this is not something that will linger into the offseason,” said Astros manager Bo Porter. “If he deems himself completely ready to go and the training staff says he’s cleared to do everything, he’ll get right back behind the plate.
“But until then we’re going to take all precautionary measures to make sure that this is not something that obviously that he will have a setback for the remainder of this year or carry into next season.”
Castro was the team’s hottest hitter before spraining his right knee on Sept. 2 at Minute Maid Park against the Twins. Since Aug. 19, Castro is third in the majors with a 1.184 OPS. In that span he’s hitting .348 (16-for-46) with a .739 slugging percentage with four home runs and 10 RBIs.