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Jason Castro | Catcher | #15

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/18/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 212
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Stanford
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (10) / HOU
Contract: view contract details

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Jason Castro is out of the Astros' starting lineup Wednesday against the Angels.
He'll get some rest with the day game after the night game. Evan Gattis will start behind the plate. Jun 29 - 1:26 PM

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Jason Castro is back in the Astros' starting lineup Saturday against the Athletics.

He missed four games while battling the flu. Castro will bat eighth against A's right-hander Kendall Graveman on Saturday. With Castro back behind the plate, Evan Gattis will move to DH.
Jun 4 - 12:47 PM

Jason Castro (flu) remained out of the Astros' lineup Friday.

Castro has been battling the flu for a few days. Evan Gattis will get another start at catcher. The Astros are also starting Jake Marisnick in center field over Carlos Gomez.

Jason Castro is out of the Astros' starting lineup on Thursday with flu-like symptoms.

Evan Gattis will start at catcher and bat fifth versus Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke. Castro came down the flu on Wednesday and could also sit Friday.
Jun 2 - 11:16 AM

Astros activated C Jason Castro from the paternity leave list.

Castro was away for a few days following the birth of his son. He should be back in the lineup on Friday versus the Red Sox.
May 13 - 8:19 AM

Jason Castro (paternity) is expected to return on Friday.

Castro was placed on paternity leave earlier this week following the birth of his son. With Lance McCullers (shoulder) coming off the disabled list, the Astros will have to make two roster moves on Friday.
May 12 - 5:42 PM

Astros placed C Jason Castro on the the paternity leave list.

Castro will be away from the Astros for a couple of days to welcome a new child. Max Stassi has been called up from Triple-A Fresno to provide depth behind the plate.
May 10 - 3:57 PM

Jason Castro went 2-for-3 with a homer, four RBI and two walks versus the Twins on Wednesday.

Castro was hitting .175/.299/.263 with no homers through Monday's action. Now he has two homers in two days, and he's upped his RBI total from two to seven.
May 5 - 12:05 AM

Jason Castro is not in the Astros' lineup Friday.

He's just getting some rest. Erik Kratz is behind the plate in Castro's place.
Apr 22 - 4:09 PM

Jason Castro is out of the Astros' lineup Thursday.

Erik Kratz will start at catcher and bat ninth versus Yankees right-hander Nathan Eovaldi. Castro is 0-for-8 with five strikeouts through two games this season.
Apr 7 - 1:15 PM

Jason Castro went 2-for-2 with a homer and a walk Sunday versus the Astros.

The Astros seem to think an awful lot of Castro, but they did reportedly make a play for Jonathan Lucroy over the winter. Since that failed, Castro remains the unquestioned starter. They are looking to pick up a backup for him prior to Opening Day.
Mar 27 - 4:37 PM

Jason Castro admitted Sunday that he worked hard to make mechanical adjustments to his swing over the winter.

The goal for Castro is to get his bat into the hitting zone sooner, a change that hitting coach Dave Hudgens suggested during a disappointing 2015 season that saw Castro hit just .211/.283/.365 with 11 homers and 31 RBI. Castro noted that the change allows him to cover much more of the plate and provides him a higher margin of error. Entering the final year of his contract, Castro makes for an intriguing late-round option on two-catcher formats.
Feb 21 - 10:19 PM

Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros have discussed a two-year deal and a three-year deal plus an option with Jason Castro this winter.

Obviously neither proposal worked, and the two sides wound up going to an arbitration hearing last week (the Astros won and will pay Castro $5 million in 2016). The fact that a hearing was needed despite just a $250,000 difference in figures would seem to indicate that a long-term contract isn't in the cards anytime soon. Castro is slated for free agency after 2016.
Feb 14 - 10:36 AM

Jason Castro lost his arbitration hearing against the Astros and will make $5 million in 2016.

Castro requested $5.25 million when arbitration figures were exchanged last month, so it wasn't much of a difference, but the two sides were unable to avoid a hearing. The 28-year-old batted .211 with 11 homers and a .648 OPS over 104 games in 2015. He's going into his final year before free agency.
Feb 9 - 1:32 PM

Jason Castro will have an arbitration hearing with the Astros on Monday afternoon.

And a ruling should come Tuesday. Castro requested a $5.25 million salary for 2016 and was offered $5 million from the Astros' front office when arbitration figures were exchanged in mid-January. Now three arbitrators will choose one of those numbers. Castro, 28, is in his third and final year of arbitration, meaning he can become a free agent next winter.
Feb 8 - 8:20 AM

Depth Charts

C1Jason Castro
2Max Stassi
1B1A.J. Reed
2Marwin Gonzalez
3Tyler White
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Carlos Correa
3B1Yulieski Gurriel
2Luis Valbuena
3Colin Moran
LF1Alex Bregman
2Colby Rasmus
3Tony Kemp
CF1Jake Marisnick
2Teoscar Hernandez
RF1George Springer
DH1Evan Gattis
2Preston Tucker
Starting Pitcher
S1Dallas Keuchel
2Collin McHugh
3Lance McCullers
4Doug Fister
5Mike Fiers
6Joe Musgrove
7Brad Peacock
Relief Pitcher
R1Ken Giles
2Will Harris
3Luke Gregerson
4Tony Sipp
5Pat Neshek
6Michael Feliz
7Chris Devenski
8Jandel Gustave
9James Hoyt
10Brady Rodgers
11Kevin Chapman
12David Paulino