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Jason Castro's Knee Injury Is Bad

There is no good way to spin this. Of those seven injuries that Will Carroll predicted might occur this season, Jason Castro's would have been the biggest. As a young player and a future centerpiece of the team, this season is extremely important to his growth.

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Which is why that pesky torn meniscus is a pretty big deal. We don't know how long he'll be out or how severe the surgery is going to be. What we do know is that it'll dramatically impact his season. Even if he's only out a month, knee injuries for catchers are never good.

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If the worst-case scenario is realized and Castro misses all of the 2011 season, what will the Astros do? I bet Humberto Quintero starts with J.R. Towles as the prohibitive favorite to win a job on the roster. Don't sleep on Carlos Corporan, either. The Astros signed him away from the Brewers organization over the winter, but he's not on the 40-man roster.

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This front office doesn't seem to be as big a fan of Towles as some of us fans are, so if Castro is out for a significant amount of time, they may make a move to put Corporan or maybe even career minor leaguer Brian Esposito on the roster as a backup to Q.

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There's no doubt Q will be stretched as an every day player, but at this point, Houston has few options. I don't think we want to relive the Kevin Cash Era, do we?

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