The Houston Astros have had very little consistency this year, that much is certain. But if any position could be highlighted as perhaps the most productive, stable and yes, even consistent, it is at the premium position of catcher, where All-Star Jason Castro remains the everyday starter. Castro has batted a solid .282 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI and has really begun to prove why the Astros spent a first round pick on him in the first place.
The Astros’ backstops were second in the American League in batting average, first in home runs and second in doubles. That’s a pretty big deal for a last place team.
Carlos Corporan had even shown how clutch he can be, as well as being a clubhouse leader before going down with a concussion.
Max Stassi, Corporan’s replacement, had been on a tear in Double-A and came up to MLB to go 2-for-6 before being diagnosed with a concussion as well.
But Jason Castro had kept his injury problems away all season until recently.
All of Astros’ nation is painfully aware of Castro’s surgically repaired right knee that caused him to miss all of the 2011 season and more, so anytime he leaves a game with an injured right knee, it’s obviously not good.
Well, that’s exactly what happened.
In the first inning Castro was removed from the game, but thankfully he walked off on his own power without any help from crutches.
However, that means the Astros are potentially looking at having three catchers on the disabled list. Cody Clark was called up to fill in for the two concussed backstops, but he’s gone 0-for-13 since the call-up.
If Castro indeed heads to the DL, the Astros will be hard-pressed to find another catcher call-up. Two possibilities are Carlos Perez and Rene Garcia, both of whom are in Triple-A. Yet the Astros have been very adamant about not disrupting their minor-league affiliates while they are in the playoff hunt.