Jason Castro Gets Shut Down

Jason O. Watson

After nearly two weeks of rest, Jason Castro is officially shut-down for the season in order for him to rest his sore right knee.

As the season gets closer and closer to the end, one less player will be suiting up regularly for the Houston Astros.

Jason Castro has been officially put on the 15-Day DL after "spraining his knee" back on September 2nd.  Given that the rosters had already expanded at that point, a DL stint was not necessary to make room for another catcher.

However, Castro was diagnosed with a cyst in his knee that was later drained the next day and returned to action for a two-day stint as the designated hitter. He admitted that he experience some soreness and that he came back too soon.

Knee issues with catchers is typically a pretty bad sign and I wouldn't exclude Castro from that notion. This adds to his list of knee issues that started with the torn ACL and medial meniscus in the same knee.  He also experienced soreness and swelling in that knee last season.  It's probably a good idea to let him rest the knee up and get started on the off-season. Afterall, there is only twelve games left in the season and is not worth the potential added strain to his knee.

The benefit of this is that it gives the Astros more opportunities to evaluate Max Stassi when he returns to the team on Monday.

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