Astros catcher Jason Castro landed awkwardly touching first base in a spring training game against the Detroit Tigers and was helped off the field. He had a run-in with Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, and came out of it with an injury. According to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, the Astros projected starting catcher has been diagnosed with a sprained knee, but the medical staff will be taking MRI’s tomorrow.
Castro mentioned that this was unlike anything he’d felt before, which is probably not what you want to hear when your starting catcher hurts himself. Astros GM Ed Wade had this to say:
“We know he twisted the knee, and at the very least it’s a sprain,” Wade said. “We’ll get it treated appropriately. It’s too early to push any panic buttons. We’ll wait and see what the MRI shows tomorrow and address it accordingly.”
The only other catchers on the Astros 40-man roster are Humberto Quintero and J.R. Towles. You won’t want to rush out to nab either of them in your fantasy league, not that you’d be rushing for Castro either. If it’s a severe injury, it will likely hurt the Astros more defensively than anywhere else, as Castro had shown a pretty prolific cannon in his first season at the big league level.