Astros catcher Castro out for most of season

Houston Astros' Jason Castro, right, is tagged out by Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, left, while running out an infield hit during the seventh inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 2, 2011, in Lakeland, Fla. Castro sprained his right knee on the play and will undergo a MRI tomorrow. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

March 4, 2011 10:23:59 AM PST
Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro will be sidelined for most or all of the season following surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Castro, who earned the Astros' regular catching job as a 22-year-old rookie last season, was injured Wednesday while trying to avoid a tag by Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera in Lakeland. It was the Castro's second game of spring training.

The original diagnosis was a sprain, but an MRI revealed a tear in Castro's right meniscus. The torn ACL was discovered late Thursday and he was operated on Friday. The typical recovery time is six months.