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Astros catcher Jason Castro unlikely to return this season

Aug 6, 2011, 8:53 PM EDT

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Astros catcher Jason Castro was supposed to open the 2011 season as the team’s primary backstop, but he suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee early in spring training and has been rehabbing ever since.

That rehab is likely to continue into October.

According to Stephen Goff of the Astros Examiner, the 24-year-old is beginning to make noticeable progress but acknowledged to reporters Saturday that he might be running out of time.

Castro was the 10th overall pick in the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft and climbed his way to the big leagues in 2010. He posted a weak .205/.286/.287 batting line, two home runs and eight RBI in 67 games as a rookie, but the future should be a little brighter.

Castro is fully expecting to be in game shape by the start of spring training next February.

  1. rollinghighwayblues - Aug 7, 2011 at 2:37 AM

    Then why dont the Nationals take the same approach? Both teams are 20+ games out of the division.
    I guess I’m trying to tie this thread into Strasburg…
    I just don’t see the point in putting Strasburg on the mound in September when it’s virtually useless, might as well let him rehab in a time-comfortable format instead of running him out there in games that have zero importance.
    Correct me if I’m wrong, just my two cents.

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