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Top Jason Castro News

  • Jason Castro: Hangs up cleats

    Castro announced his retirement from baseball Friday.

    After 12 years in the big leagues with four different teams, Castro has officially caught his final pitch from behind home plate. The one-time All-Star finishes his career with a .227/.312/.387 slash line, 97 home runs and 325 RBI.

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  • Astros' Jason Castro: Out for season

    Castro underwent surgery last week to repair the meniscus in his left knee and will miss the rest of the 2022 season, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. The Astros transferred him on the 60-day injured list Tuesday.

    Castro sustained the injury in late June and didn't demonstrate enough progress over the past few weeks to avoid surgery. His season-ending injury may have played a small part in the Astros' decision to acquire Christian Vazquez from Boston on Monday. The transaction will clear a spot on the 40-man roster.

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  • Astros' Jason Castro: Out with knee discomfort

    Castro was placed on the 10-day injured list with left knee discomfort Friday, Danielle Lerner of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Castro's initial diagnosis of discomfort suggests he shouldn't miss too much time, though the Astros have yet to give a precise timeline for his return. Korey Lee was recalled to back up Martin Maldonado behind the plate.

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  • Astros' Jason Castro: Swats clutch homer

    Castro went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run Wednesday against the Mets.

    Castro broke a scoreless tie in the ninth inning when he went yard for the first time this season. Though it was a clutch hit, Castro has been abysmal at the dish for the campaign by maintaining a .115/.205/.179 line across 88 plate appearances.

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  • Astros' Jason Castro: Struggling in June

    Castro went 1-for-3 with a run scored Sunday against the White Sox.

    Castro reached base on a leadoff single in the fifth inning and came around to score on a Mauricio Dubon home run. He remains firmly behind Martin Maldonado on the Astros' catching depth chart, as Sunday marked Castro's third start in the team's last nine games. Castro hasn't made the case for an increased role by hitting only .118 across 17 at-bats in June. Overall, he's hitting .108 on the season with five runs scored and one RBI.

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  • Astros' Jason Castro: Starts while Maldonado rests

    Castro will start at catcher and bat eighth in Tuesday's game against the Rangers.

    Castro will get his second start in three games, but he doesn't seem to be encroaching on No. 1 catcher Martin Maldonado's role in any dramatic way. In order to do so, Castro may need to pick up the pace at the plate, where he's been a major disappointment after supplying a .799 OPS across 179 plate appearances in 2021. He enters Tuesday's contest with a .102/.206/.136 slash line and has struck out in a whopping 45.6 percent of his plate appearances.

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  • Astros' Jason Castro: Starting for resting Maldonado

    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.

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  • Astros' Jason Castro: Returns to bench

    Castro is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Angels, Brian McTaggart of 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.

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  • Astros' Jason Castro: Back in action Saturday

    Castro (undisclosed) is starting Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals, Brian McTaggart of 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.

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  • Astros' Jason Castro: Out with unspecified issue

    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.

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  • Astros' Jason Castro: Out due to COVID-19 protocols

    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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  • Astros' Jason Castro: Three hits, homer

    Castro went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run in an 8-6 loss to Oakland on Friday.

    Castro singled in the second and fourth innings and laced a three-run shot in the eighth to cap a four-run inning for Houston and nearly complete a comeback. The veteran backstop has been hot since being activated from the IL Sep. 17 with a .474/.550/1.000 slash line in 19 at-bats.

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  • Astros' Jason Castro: Enters for Maldonado

    Castro replaced an injured Martin Maldonado (shoulder) during Wednesday's 7-0 loss to Tampa Bay.

    Maldonado injured his left shoulder while making a diving catch off a bunt attempt to end the fourth inning. He stayed in the game to play defense in the fifth but was removed to start the sixth when he was scheduled to bat. Castro, who singled in two at-bats, will start if Maldonado is deemed unavailable for Thursday's series finale.

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  • Astros' Jason Castro: Tags former team for homer

    Castro went 1-for-5 with a solo home run Wednesday in a win over the Angels.

    Facing the team he played for during part of last season, Castro slugged a fifth-inning solo shot to right field to pad an early Astros lead. The long ball was the fifth in what has been an injury-plagued campaign for the veteran backstop. Castro has gone 3-for-9 with two RBI since returning from his latest stint on the IL on Sept. 17.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 215 lbs
Birthplace: Castro Valley, CA
Age: 37
School: Stanford
Experience: 10
Bats/Throws: L, R