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Astros catcher Jason Castro out again following foot surgery

Dec 13, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Jason Castro missed the entire season following knee surgery for a torn ACL suffered during spring training and now the Astros catcher may not be ready for next spring because of another operation.

Castro was in the Arizona Fall League in order to make up for all the playing time he missed, but the 2008 first-round pick injured his foot and Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that he underwent surgery “to remove the sesamoid bone in his left foot.”

He won’t be allowed to put weight on the foot for weeks and Castro is not expected to be ready when pitchers and catchers report for spring training in late February, but there’s still a chance he could be healthy by Opening Day.

Castro failed to emerge as a top prospect after being selected 10th overall in 2008, but he projected as a solid starting catcher before all the injuries derailed his career. With his status now in question the Astros re-signed backup Humberto Quintero to a one-year, $1 million deal.

  1. 78mu - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Besides making bad decisions about personnel the Astros can’t seem to escape their bad luck.

    And soon they will have Albert Pujols in their division again taking aim at the Crawford Boxes.

  2. stex52 - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Tell me about it! You know, it’s actually not that the Astros haven’t been trying to rebuild since 2007. It’s just that they can’t do it right.

    Castro seems to be a classy kid, but I think he projects as average even before you take the injuries into account. Not enough hitting for another position.

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