You know how Twins catcher Jason Castro has been battling some knee issues lately? He sat out both Monday and Tuesday’s games against the Blue Jays, though he’s been playing since then.
Well, it turns out Castro actually has a torn meniscus in his right knee.
Though it sounds pretty bad any time anything is “torn”, Castro’s injury is not considered major. According to Phil Miller of the Star Tribune, doctors do not think surgery is required, and will just be shooting some cortisone into Castro’s knee. Apparently, the knee has been bothering Castro for a couple weeks.
Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press took this video of Castro discussing the injury:
In Castro’s place, the Twins have selected the contract of Bobby Wilson. Wilson, 35, is a journeyman backup catcher who has previously played for the Angels, Rays, Rangers, and Tigers. He’s spent the year so far in Triple-A, where he’s hitting .125/.182/.150 with zero home runs. Holy crap, that is really bad. Expect Mitch Garver to get most of the playing time.
Wilson was not on the 40-man roster, but the Twins made room for him by transferring Ervin Santana to the 60-day DL. The move means Santana won’t be eligible to return until May 28th, but it sounds like he wouldn’t really be ready before then anyway.