MLB Team Report - Houston Astros - INSIDE PITCH
All-Star catcher Jason Castro, the Astros' MVP this year, underwent an arthroscopic procedure to remove a cyst from his right knee Thursday in Houston.
The cyst was initially discovered and drained Sept. 3 after Castro exited the previous day's game with right knee irritation.
"Everything went well," Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow said of the surgery. "It shouldn't affect his offseason at all."
The two-time AL Player of the Week this year hit .276 with 18 home runs and 56 RBIs over 120 games in 2013. He was shut down for the season and placed on the disabled list Tuesday.
"He had a great year, and I think he took another step forward this year, and I'm really excited about him being around for a long time to come," Luhnow said. "As a general manager, one of the key pieces that you think about from day one is catching. To get a catcher that not only can give you good skills behind the plate, good leadership with the pitching staff, but produce offensively as Jason did this year, it puts us in a unique position.
"I knew he had the potential to improve as an offensive player. He's beyond just being a good-hitting catcher. He's a good hitter for a major league baseball team, period. That's a good place to be considering he's young and plays a premium position."
After having the cyst drained Sept. 3, Castro played Sept. 6-7 as a designated hitter, but he didn't play again.
The surgery shouldn't hinder his offseason workout program.
"He should be good," Luhnow said.
MLB Team Report - Houston Astros - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Lost six
PAST 10 GAMES: 4-6
NEXT: Astros (Brett Oberholtzer, 4-3, 2.98) at Indians (Zach McAllister, 8-9, 3.96)
--LHP Brett Oberholtzer will start against Cleveland on Friday. Oberholtzer is 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA in his one appearance vs. Cleveland this season, which was also his only career appearance against the Indians. He is 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA in five road games (four starts) this season.
--LHP Dallas Keuchel pitched well Thursday night, limiting Cleveland to one run on seven hits in seven innings. He had seven strikeouts and one walk, and he left the game with the score tied 1-1. Keuchel has left seven of his last 11 starts either winning or tied, but he has been credited with just two wins in that span.
--2B Jose Altuve went 1-for-5 Thursday, but he still leads the major leagues with 33 hits in the month of September. Altuve is hitting .407 (33-for-81) this month.
--C Max Stassi, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 22 with a concussion, began working out with the Astros' instructional league team in Kissimmee, Fla. It's expected he'll return to the major league team before the end of the season.
--OF Marc Krauss had three of the Astros' nine hits Thursday as he returned to his home state. Krauss was born in Ohio and played collegiately at Ohio University. He is hitting .292 (12-for-41) since being recalled in September. He batted .169 in 32 games for Houston earlier this season.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Any time you can limit a good team that's playing for the playoffs, it's pretty good." -- LHP Dallas Keuchel, after holding the Indians to one run in seven innings Thursday. Cleveland pulled out a 2-1, 11-inning win over Houston.
MLB Team Report - Houston Astros - ROSTER REPORT
--LF Robbie Grossman (sore right oblique) has not played since Sept. 3. He has noted improvement, but he hasn't been cleared for baseball activities yet.
--C Jason Castro (right knee sprain) went on the 15-day disabled list Sept. 17. He was shut down for the season, but he vows to be ready for the start of next season.
--C Max Stassi (concussion) went on the seven-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 22, and he was transferred to the 15-day disabled list Sept. 5. He was hospitalized after being struck by a pitch Aug. 21 and released the next day. Tests revealed no facial fractures. He is dealing with balance issues. He began catching bullpen sessions Sept. 14. He joined the Astros' instructional league team Sept. 19, and he's expected to rejoin the major league club before the end of the season.
--RHP Alex White (Tommy John surgery in April 2013) went on the 60-day disabled list March 30. He is out for the season.
RHP Jordan Lyles
LHP Dallas Keuchel
RHP Brad Peacock
LHP Brett Oberholtzer
RHP Paul Clemens
LHP Erik Bedard
RHP Chia-Jen Lo
RHP Josh Fields
RHP Lucas Harrell
RHP Josh Zeid
LHP Kevin Chapman
RHP Philip Humber
RHP Jorge De Leon
RHP David Martinez
RHP Rhiner Cruz
RHP Jarred Cosart
RHP David Paulino
1B Brett Wallace
2B Jose Altuve
SS Jonathan Villar
3B Matt Dominguez
DH Marc Krauss
INF Jake Elmore
INF Marwin Gonzalez
INF Brandon Laird
LF Robbie Grossman
CF Brandon Barnes
RF L.J. Hoes
OF Chris Carter
OF Trevor Crowe
OF Jimmy Paredes
OF J.D. Martinez