Houston Astros backup catcher may need a stint on the injured list

Houston Astros backup catcher may need a stint on the injured list

Houston Astros backup catcher may need a stint on the injured list

The Houston Astros have dealt with injuries all season long that have impacted their poor performance to date.

According to Spotrac, 13 of their players have already missed 686 days of action in total.

That will continue to increase with Cristian Javier and José Urquidy out for the year, and Justin Verlander placed on the injured list for the second time this season.

However, it looks like another player could join them soon.

Backup catcher Victor Caratini is undergoing some imaging on his left quadriceps after being removed from Wednesday’s game after attempting to score from third base on a ground ball. He had previously been hit with a foul ball in that same leg before being ejected in the third inning.

The Astros’ injury page reports that manager Joe Espada confirmed that team doctors are examining his quadriceps and “depending on the imaging results, Caratini could be considering a stint on the disabled list.”

This would be a huge blow to Houston.

After being signed during the offseason, the veteran has been solid for them in a backup role, hitting .248/.287/.429 with four home runs, 17 RBI and a 102 OPS+. Caratini’s performance has allowed Yainer Díaz to get time as a designated hitter to keep his bat in the lineup when not behind the plate, as Caratini has a 0.5 defensive bWAR.

There is already a third catcher on this list in Cesar Salazar, who is 3-for-4 with three RBIs in his two games, but the sample size is too small to know how he might perform with more opportunities in the future. .

We will see how this affects the Astros.

They may have to use Diaz behind the plate more than they would prefer, as he has a -0.2 defensive bWAR this season. Their emerging star catcher’s greatest asset is his bat and not what he does on defense.

This injury could change things as his inexperience at the plate combined with the inexperienced pitching staff due to injuries could become a major issue.

Nothing has been officially announced regarding Caratini, but the fact that Espada is already mentioning that there could be a stint on the injured list for the veteran is not a good sign.