During last night’s Twins game against the White Sox, pitch framer extraordinaire Jason Castro framed a foul tip right off his noggin. Quite a few of them, actually. No one knows for sure which blow was the one who done it, but the Twins ended up removing Castro from the game due to concussion-like symptoms.
After the game Paul Molitor explained to the Pioneer Press:
“As (Castro) had to start shifting his eyes around the field for different things, the dizziness and some of the symptoms that concern you increased,” Molitor said. “We’re going to monitor him and we’ll be careful. We’re going to see how he does overnight and try to reevaluate him (Thursday).”
White Sox doctors did further evaluate Castro today and suspected that Castro had a concussion. Though Castro has never been diagnosed with a concussion before, catchers can be particularly susceptible to them. Like with what happened to Joe Mauer, repeatedly foul tips over time can build up. Now, I’m not saying Castro has to move to first base immediately, but the Twins are putting him on the DL.
You can all blame Andrew for jinxing us.
To replace Castro, the Twins have recalled speedy outfielder Zack Granite. I know it’s a little weird to replace a catcher with an outfielder, but the last time a Twins outfielder went down (Robbie Grossman) they replaced him with a catcher (Mitch Garver). So this just means Garver—who Molitor originally said would not be used much behind the plate—will now share catching duties with Chris Gimenez, and Granite will likely take over the outfield duties Garver was going to cover.
As for how long Castro will be out, who knows? As Twins fans I’m assuming you all know how unpredictable concussions are by now.