Castro hopes draining of fluid and injection help ailing knee

The Astros have come to grips with losing shortstop Jed Lowrie for four to six weeks with an injury to a nerve in his right leg, but they are still unsure how long starting catcher Jason Castro will be sidelined.

Castro, who was placed on the disabled list Sunday with what the team is calling right knee effusion, had the knee drained and endured a pain-killing injection Wednesday in Houston and said he hopes to be able to come off the disabled list next week.

“A pretty significant amount of fluid came out and it looked like they made a pretty successful draining of it,” Castro said via phone from Houston. “I had a shot in there and hopefully in the next few days it starts to really feel better and I’m able to get back to being a lot more active and get more aggressive movements and see how it feels from there.”

Castro, who missed all of last season after undergoing surgery on the ACL in his right knee, was hitting .254 with two homers and 20 RBIs in 20 games. As of right now, the Astros aren’t considering having another surgery to help repair the knee, Castro said.

“The reason why we took the route we did of draining and giving the shot is so I can try to play the rest of the year and push that back and avoid having to miss anymore time,” Castro said. “If that’s something that comes up later, we’ll deal with it then.”


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I watch the Astros every game. It does seem like they can’t catch a break offensively. They hot the ball hard but right at people. Only a couple of them guard the strike zone, meaning WAY too many called 3rd strikes. I believe our manager will be let go as soon as the season is over. He doesn’t inspire the players hard enough & he’s not good handling the bull pen. You can see the looks on the players faces when they’re at bat, they’re just ready for the nightmare to be over. I believe Jeff is on the right track with his trades and draft picks. I do hope there will be a better team fielded next year.

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