Humberto Quintero felt a sense of professional curiosity, maybe in kinship, tugging at him.
He's a catcher. Buster Posey is a catcher. Posey was a cornerstone on the Giants' 2010 World Series-winning team, and he is likely out for the season after a home-plate collision Wednesday with the Marlins' Scott Cousins.
On Friday morning, Quintero watched a video of the Posey play. On Friday night, Quintero couldn't make it off the Minute Maid Park field under his own power.
"It's weird," Quintero said. "Maybe it was bad luck for me to watch."
Quintero's luck was considerably better than Posey's. X-rays were negative, and the diagnosis is a high ankle sprain. Because Quintero would have to miss at least 7-10 days, the Astros put him on the 15-day disabled list. The play that put him there came in the seventh inning of a 7-6 loss to the Diamondbacks.
The Astros had a 6-5 lead when Chris Young hit a bases-loaded slow roller between the pitcher's mound and the third-base line. Astros reliever Wilton Lopez fielded the ball and made a rushed throw to Quintero, who got bowled over by Roberts.
"I was going to try to go around him, but there was just no way I could have slid around him," Roberts said. "Obviously you never want to see anybody get hurt in this game. That wasn't the point. I'm just trying to score.
"To be honest with you, the first thing I thought of was the Buster Posey thing. That's on everybody's mind right now. I hope everything's all right. I hope he's back soon. I'm not in this to get anybody. I'm just trying to play hard."
While Quintero writhed in pain, the tying and winning runs scored. Quintero had stepped on a bat and rolled up his ankle right before the throw, leaving him in a particularly vulnerable position. He said he has no issue with Roberts, calling the play, "OK."
"He tried to be safe and I was blocking home plate and he hit me," Quintero said. "I can't do anything about it. I'm OK."
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