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White Sox lose backup catcher Ramon Castro to broken hand

Jul 21, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

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Lost in Ozzie Guillen’s postgame rant last night is that the White Sox learned they’ll be without backup catcher Ramon Castro for 8-12 weeks due to the broken right hand and index finger he suffered on July 9.

Castro was injured when Twins second baseman Alexi Casilla pulled his bat back after looking to bunt a Mark Buehrle offering and the catcher lost sight of the pitch, resulting in a passed ball.

Buehrle immediately realized Castro was hurt and, as he put it: “Had to turn around because I would’ve fainted if I looked at it too long.”

A.J. Pierzynski is the White Sox’s primary catcher, but Castro started 20 of the first 91 games while typically taking Pierzynski’s place versus left-handed pitching. Tyler Flowers will now assume that role and the one-time top prospect has impressive offensive numbers at Triple-A, but his defense has never drawn strong reviews and he hit just .203 versus southpaws there.

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