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.
Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.
LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.
There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.
The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.