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Astros catcher Humberto Quintero leaves camp to have back examined in Houston

Mar 6, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Backup catcher Humberto Quintero has left Astros camp and traveled to Houston to have his injured back examined by team doctors.

Quintero told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that he’s “feeling better,” but players tend not to leave spring training and fly to another state unless the injury has people worried.

He’s hoping to get a cortisone shot and return to camp Thursday, but McTaggart reports that Astros trainers believe Quintero “could have some inflammation in one of the disks in his back, which could be pinching a nerve and causing discomfort down his right leg.”

Projected starter Jason Castro missed all of last season following knee surgery and is now coming back from a broken foot suffered in the Arizona Fall League, so the Astros can hardly afford to lose more catching depth.

  1. stex52 - Mar 6, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Q is a solid defensive player, but pretty much a journeyman. With the money the Astros have invested in Castro and the fact they picked up Snyder from Pittsburgh, this is probably as tough a Spring Training as he’s had in a while. Hope he bounces back quickly.

  2. raindog - Mar 6, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Here’s hoping they are still interested in Drew Butera.

  3. jeffa43 - Mar 6, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    At least get a picture of Q… and not Carlos Corporan, another back up catcher. Not that anyone would notice but me and the other Astro fan out there somewhere.

  4. stex52 - Mar 6, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Good spot. I was so busy answering I missed that.

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