At least, the plan if for Houston's erstwhile catcher of the future to play out in Arizona starting in October. The league is usually reserved for prospects and players who have no major league experience, but the Astros checked on his requirements and it appears Castro is eligible to play there.â†µ
The question now becomes, will his knee let him? Castro's recovery time has already slowed down to the point that he will not be able to play this season in the majors. The hope is that giving him an extra month may let his knee heal enough so he can play starting Oct. 4.
Either way, it's critical that Castro gets playing time this winter. In fact, I'd go so far as to say it's critical he gets significant playing time this winter to make sure his knee is healthy and to get him back to game shape and game timing. Castro missed a big portion of his developmental time and will need more than just one spring training to get ready to be the starting catcher next season.â†µ