Jason Castro missed the entire season following knee surgery for a torn ACL suffered during spring training and now the Astros catcher may not be ready for next spring because of another operation.
Castro was in the Arizona Fall League in order to make up for all the playing time he missed, but the 2008 first-round pick injured his foot and Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that he underwent surgery “to remove the sesamoid bone in his left foot.”
He won’t be allowed to put weight on the foot for weeks and Castro is not expected to be ready when pitchers and catchers report for spring training in late February, but there’s still a chance he could be healthy by Opening Day.
Castro failed to emerge as a top prospect after being selected 10th overall in 2008, but he projected as a solid starting catcher before all the injuries derailed his career. With his status now in question the Astros re-signed backup Humberto Quintero to a one-year, $1 million deal.
The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.
Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”
Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.
Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.