More knee problems end Jason Castro’s season early

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Astros catcher Jason Castro, who has a long history of knee problems that once threatened his career, has been shut down for the remainder of the season.

Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that the injury is officially being called right knee discomfort, but Castro has been placed on the disabled list and will miss the final two weeks. Castro had a cyst removed from the same knee on September 3 and has been limited to just two games since then, both of them as a designated hitter.

It’s an unfortunate way for Castro’s season to end, because he’s established himself as a long-term building block for the Astros by staying healthy enough to play 120 games and hitting .276 with 18 homers, 35 doubles, and an .835 OPS that ranks third among all catchers behind only Joe Mauer and Buster Posey.

Braves sign David Hernandez

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Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.

Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.

Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.

Dave Roberts: It “doesn’t make sense” for Scott Kazmir to start year in Dodgers’ rotation

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Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.

Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.

Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.