Tag:Kevin Cash
Posted on: June 28, 2010 6:02 pm
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Cash an option for Red Sox

Kevin Cash There was no word Monday afternoon whether Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez, who suffered a thumb fracture on his glove hand Sunday, would be placed on the disabled list. There's a chance he could continue to catch with some extra protection for the thumb.

If Martinez is going to be out for a while, Boston is going to have to go outside the organization for help -- the top two Triple-A catchers in the organization are out, naturally, with thumb injuries.

WEEI.com points out an obvious solution: Kevin Cash. Cash is currently at Triple-A in the Astros organization, and with Houston giving Jason Castro his big break, there's not likely to be a need or a place for Cash at the major-league level. The Astros would probably let the Red Sox have him for practically nothing (or, if they want to be literal, they could trade Cash for cash).

Cash, 32, played for the Red Sox in 2007 and 2008. He has experience catching several Red Sox pitchers, most importantly knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.

Cash batted .204 in 20 games at the major-league level this season, so he's not exactly an offensive replacement for Martinez (.289, 38 RBI), but the injury-plagued Red Sox are not really in a position to pick and choose right now.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 20, 2010 7:11 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2010 8:01 pm
 

Astros shake up roster

Jason castro Not content to remain in free fall, the Astros made some changes after Sunday's loss, their eighth in 10 games.

Houston designated for assignment catcher Kevin Cash (.216 average), outfielder Cory Sullivan (.190) and reliever Casey Daigle (six major-league innings in four years). Called up were catcher Jason Castro, infielder Chris Johnson and outfielder Jason Bourgeois. Castro and Bourgeois were not on the 40-man roster.

Castro (pictured), the Astros' top draft pick in 2008, will be making his major league debut, and manager Brad Mills indicated to reporters after the game that he'll be the starting catcher. Humberto Quintero was hit in the head by a swung bat Sunday, causing a gash that needed seven stitches, and could miss time. Cash was the only other catcher on the active roster.

Castro, 23, was batting .265 with four homers and 26 RBIs for Triple-A Round Rock. He's a good contact hitter who has power potential.

Johnson's arrival could portend a seat on the bench for third baseman Pedro Feliz, batting a disappointing .220. Johnson hasn't done much in two brief prior major-league opportunities (including eight games this season), but he's been killing the ball at Triple-A (.329 average, .932 OPS) and the Astros are in dire need of offense.

Bourgeois, a Houston native, brings speed and will probably be a backup in the outfield, replacing Sullivan. He was batting .345 at Round Rock, fifth in the Pacific Coast League.

Houston is 26-44, 12 1/2 games out in the National League Central. The Astros have scored the second-fewest runs in the NL and have the lowest OPS in the majors at .619. They really have nothing to lose by looking to the future and giving some young guys a chance.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 20, 2010 4:07 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2010 4:52 pm
 

Astros catcher Quintero hit in head

The Houston Chronicle has a few details on a scary moment at Minute Maid Park, where Astros catcher Humberto Quintero left the game Sunday after a "severe blow" to the head. Quintero was struck on the follow-through of a swing by the Rangers' Andres Blanco in the fourth inning.

The bat hit Quintero on the helmet and caused a cut. He left under his own power.

Quintero is the Astros' starting catcher, and the only other catcher on the active roster is Kevin Cash. The Astros might need to make a 40-man roster move if Quintero is forced to miss time, because the third catcher on the 40-man is Opening Day catcher J.R. Towles. Towles was optioned to Double-A Corpus Christi after a bad start, and hasn't played since suffering a broken thumb on a headfirst slide May 13.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: The Associated Press reports that Quintero received seven stitches to close a gash on the right side of his head. He went for X-rays, but the team said he did not show signs of a concussion.

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