Astros place Jason Castro on the disabled list, promote Max Stassi

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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.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.