Castro filled in for an injured Martin Maldonado (shoulder) during Tuesday's 7-3 loss to the Yankees. He had a hit in his lone at-bat. Maldonado was removed from the game after a collision with Rougned Odor at home plate in the sixth inning. The catcher suffered a bruised trapezius muscle but tested negative for concussion. Maldonado avoided serious injury, but he will sit out Wednesday's contest, which means Castro will start.
Castro is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rockies, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Castro had picked up five straight starts behind the plate to close out last week, but he'll return to the No. 2 role for the foreseeable future after top catcher Martin Maldonado was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Tuesday. Maldonado also came to terms Wednesday with the Astros on a one-year, $5 million extension, which seemingly signals that he'll remain a higher priority for the organization than Castro.
Castro went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run in Wednesday's 6-4 loss to the Tigers. Castro got the Astros on the board in the fifth inning with his second home run of the season. He entered the starting lineup after the Astros added top backstop Martin Maldonado to the COVID-19 injury list. Castro should get the majority of the catcher at-bats as long as Maldonado is sidelined; Garrett Stubbs, who was called up Wednesday, will back him up.
Castro went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer and a pair of runs scored in Sunday's win over the Athletics. Castro gave his team a two-run lead with a homer off Sean Manaea in the second inning. He later reached on a fielder's choice in the sixth and came around to score. It was a strong start to the season for the veteran catcher, who was making his season debut in the Astros' fourth game of the year.
Castro (oblique) will start at catcher and will bat fifth Tuesday in the Astros' Grapefruit League game against the Mets, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Castro will rejoin the Astros' spring lineup for the first time in two weeks after making a full recovery from a minor oblique strain. The 33-year-old is expected to fill the smaller side of a timeshare at catcher with Martin Maldonado this season.