The Astros have placed catcher Jason Castro on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quad and recalled catcher Max Stassi from Triple-A Fresno, Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reports. Stassi will be available for Saturday’s contest against the Twins.
Stassi, 24, has struggled in his second season at Triple-A, batting .211/.279/.384 with 13 home runs and 43 RBI in 328 plate appearances. The Astros acquired him from the Athletics in February 2013 in the Jed Lowrie trade. Stassi had brief stints in the majors in both 2013 and ’14, but is still searching for his first big league home run.
Castro hits the shelf batting .220/.284/.395 with 11 home runs and 30 RBI in 327 PA.
The Yankees told the Astros to play the game the right way last night. Seems like, given that winning is the point of the game, Houston is doing just fine in that department.
Evan Gattis hit two home runs and starter Collin McHugh pitched solidly into the seventh inning, giving Houston their 71st win of the year. Last year Houston won 70 games all season. Until this year the franchise hadn’t won more than 70 since 2010. That team had Carlos Lee and Roy Oswalt on it. Not ancient history, but man, when was the last time you thought of those guys?
For the Yankees it marks the end of a 10-game home stand which began with them sweeping the Twins in impressive fashion. Since then they’ve dropped three of four to the Indians and two of three to Houston. Just a bad stretch or is a long season and a lot of games without a day off starting to catch up to an older roster?
Bright side: they get the day off tomorrow and begin a series against the hapless Braves on Friday. Time to win some games or else they may be looking at the Blue Jays’ tail lights.
Great moments in Playing the Game the Right Way. During and after last night’s shellacking at the hands of the Astros, Yankees manager Joe Girardi and catcher John Ryan Murphy suggested that Carlos Gomez do just that after Gomez got mad at himself for popping up a pitch.
“I just told him, ‘Play the game the right way. They’re kicking our rear ends. Show a little professionalism to the pitcher. I know you missed a pitch and are frustrated by it, but I just think it’s a little too much.”
“I don’t think there’s any place for that, especially in a 9-0 game,” Murphy said. “He’s an energetic guy. Everybody knows that. We respect him as a baseball player, just, there’s a right way and a wrong way to play the game.”
Gomez being Gomez should not, at this point, be the cause of consternation. But heck, even if it wasn’t Gomez, I still don’t understand the rules about when it’s OK or not OK to be mad at themselves for not doing what they planned. Pitchers have, for years, yelled at the top of their lungs, gestured wildly, sunk to their knees, shouted into their gloves and any number of other things when they’ve given up a homer or failed to make the pitch they want. No one ever says boo to that.
But if a hitter gets mad at himself for not putting a good swing on a pitch, it’s a crisis of ethics. Madison Bumgarner and Chris Carpenter are famous for taking issue with hitters who are disappointed in themselves. The Yankees entire bench last night did too. It makes zero sense.
Play your own damn game. Let Carlos Gomez play his.