Twins catcher Jason Castro will undergo knee surgery on Tuesday to repear a small tear in his right meniscus, Phil Miller of the Star Tribune reports. Castro is expected to miss four to six weeks.
Castro, 30, felt pain in his knee at the beginning of this month. The Twins hoped rest would alleviate the problem, but Castro landed on the disabled list on May 5 after being diagnosed with a tear in his right meniscus. Castro has been battling knee problems on and off for the past few seasons, Miller notes.
Castro hit .143/.257/.238 with a home run and three RBI in 74 plate appearances this season. Mitch Garver and Bobby Wilson will continue to handle catching duties while Castro is absent.
You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.
The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.
Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.