Max Stassi

With Max Stassi out, what’s next for the Astros?

For young Astros’ facing injuries is new. So what’s next for the team after Max Stassi?

The Houston Astros are experiencing what many clubs often do in spring training, dealing with injuries.

Wednesday the team announced that starter Lance McCullers will begin the season on the disabled list due to shoulder issues. However, the Astros have capable replacements for McCullers in the rotation like veterans Mike Fiers and Brad Peacock who can fill in until McCullers returns to start his sophomore season.

They do not have the same kind of depth at catcher, though. Monday,backup catcher for starter Jason Castro, Max Stassi, underwent surgery on his wrist. He will be out, at least, six weeks. While this isn’t a disaster, his recovery period will cross into the regular season and the team will need another catcher. Castro will need the occasional day off over the first month of the season.

Max Stassi
Max Stassi. Getty Images.

The catchers currently with the Astros  are the organization’s 25th ranked prospect Alfredo Gonzalez, Tyler Heineman and Roberto Pena. Of the three, only Gonzalez is on the team’s 40-man roster.

So, what is the Astros next move? Do they go with an inexperienced young catcher despite their emphasis on contention? Or they do they need to try and make a trade and if so, who may be available besides potentially Milwaukee’s Jonathan Lucroy

For more on this story check out my column on Today’s Knuckleball by following the link below:

Astros’ options at catcher with Stassi out

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