ATLANTA – The Houston Astros are going to miss their backup receiver Jason Castro, who was pulled from the World Series roster by Covid protocol, Major League Baseball reported ahead of Game 4 against the Atlanta Braves.
Starting with Saturday’s game, Garrett Stubbs will take Castro’s place on the roster and be the team’s second catcher, the Astros confirmed.
Until minutes before Game 4 of the Fall Classic, which led the Braves 2-1 over the Astros, it was unknown if the veteran Castro had suffered contagion or was due to being a high-risk subject, having had contact with someone confirmed with Coronavirus.
Players who are in the Covid protocol can be reactivated again on the World Series roster, once the tests with negative results have been passed, depending on the reason for which they came out in the protocol, either contagion or exposure.
In five games of the current postseason in which he entered as a pinch hitter, the 34-year-old Castro was hitting .287 in seven at-bats, including a home run and two RBIs.
Stubb has appeared in only 51 regular season games. The last time he played was on September 16. He came in as a pinch hitter.