Castro will start at catcher and bat eighth in Monday's game against the Red Sox, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. No. 1 backstop Martin Maldonado is getting a well-deserved breather after catching each of the last three days, opening the door for Castro to enter the lineup. Through 39 plate appearances on the season, the 34-year-old is slashing .063/.231/.063 with a career-worst 48.7 percent strikeout rate.
Castro is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Angels, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Castro is back on the bench after he made his third start of the season in Sunday's 7-2 loss to the Mariners while going 0-for-3 with a walk. He'll likely pick up starts just once or twice per week while top backstop Martin Maldonado is available.
Castro (undisclosed) is starting Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday that Castro was "ailing," but he'll return to game action a few days later. He'll start behind the dish and bat sixth against St. Louis.
Astros manager Dusty Baker acknowledged Tuesday that Castro is "ailing," though the skipper didn't go into specifics regarding the backstop's recent absence from Grapefruit League games, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Castro hasn't caught in a Grapefruit League game since last Thursday and remains out of the lineup for Tuesday's contest against the Nationals. Assuming whatever is keeping him off the field isn't a major concern, Castro should be ready to go for Opening Day. He's in line to serve as the primary backup to No. 1 catcher Martin Maldonado, a role that will likely afford Castro anywhere from one to three starts per week.
Castro was removed from Houston's World Series roster due to COVID-19 protocols Saturday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports. Castro has tested positive for the virus, per Mark Berman of Fox 26. The move probably won't have a major impact on Houston's plans, as Castro wasn't slated to see much playing time as the team's backup catcher, a role which will now be filled by Garrett Stubbs. Castro was one of the team's better pinch-hitting options, however, so he'll be at least a modest loss during Game 4 and Game 5 in Atlanta.
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