Houston Astros‘ All-Star catcher Jason Castro was shut down for the season with a move to the disabled list following knee discomfort. He had just had a cyst drained and was scheduled to DH for the Astros over the weekend, but they decided otherwise.
Castro is the best hitter on the Astros’ roster, and they cannot lose him. Injuries have plagued his career at catcher, and now that earlier speculation of the team moving him away from catcher must become reality.
Joe Mauer is in a similar situation, and he’s been in the process of being moved away from catcher as well. It’s unfortunate, but it has to happen. Castro’s bat is far too valuable for him to be wasting away, spending large chunks of seasons on the disabled list. It’s time to move him to first base and designated hitter.
Such a move would not upset much in the Astros’ pecking order of future prospects. He can split time with Jonathan Singleton at first base and DH the rest of the time. Singleton can play left field as well. There will always be space for someone with the skill set and work ethic of Castro.
With guys like Rene Garcia, Max Stassi and Carlos Corporan, the Astros are also pretty set on catchers for years to come. Therefore, any hesitation they have about vacating the position should be null and void.
Castro really came on towards the end of the season, getting his average all the way up to the .280 mark. He was steadily improving until the injury hit him. The Astros have always seen Castro as their version of Buster Posey. Well, that potential will never be able to come to fruition if he doesn’t get a chance to play full seasons.