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Astros lose Castro

Associated Press / March 4, 2011

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Jason Castro, projected to be the Astros’ Opening Day catcher, will undergo knee surgery today and be out for an indefinite period. He has a torn right medial meniscus.

“Once the doctor takes a look at it and is able to see how much damage there is, then we have to wait and see what he says and how Jason recovers,’’ said manager Brad Mills after Houston’s 5-3 exhibition win over the Marlins in Kissimmee, Fla.

Castro, 23, hit .205 with two home runs and eight RBIs as a rookie last season. The 2008 first-round pick hit .287 in parts of three minor league seasons.

Humberto Quintero, who drove in two runs yesterday with a pair of hits, and J.R. Towles are the remaining catchers on the roster. Plans to use Towles at other positions this spring have been suspended, Mills said.

Quade settles Cubs Cubs manager Mike Quade held a team meeting before practice to address the dugout fight Wednesday between pitcher Carlos Silva and third baseman Aramis Ramirez.

Quade said the matter has “been put to bed.’’

“Sometimes a little revolt’s not bad,’’ he said. “I’m glad people were [upset].’’

Rodriguez returns Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez pitched a scoreless third inning in a 3-0 exhibition win over a Cardinals split squad in Port St. Lucie, Fla. It was Rodriguez’s first appearance since August, when he was placed on the disqualified list after an incident at Citi Field last summer when he attacked his girlfriend’s father and tore a ligament in his right thumb . . . Chipper Jones played third base for the first time since injuring his knee in August, and the Braves beat the Tigers, 4-3, in Kissimmee, Fla. . . . Freddy Garcia and Ivan Nova, both competing for a spot in the Yankees’ rotation, combined to pitch five scoreless innings as New York and the Rays tied, 1-1, in 10 innings in Port Charlotte, Fla. . . . Neftali Feliz pitched two scoreless innings in his bid to become part of the Texas rotation, and a Rangers split squad beat the Indians, 11-9, in Surprise, Ariz. Feliz saved 40 games last season as the AL’s Rookie of the Year . . . Buster Posey hit a two-run homer that was estimated at 450 feet during the Giants’ 7-5 win over the Rockies in Scottsdale, Ariz. . . . Orioles reliever Koji Uehara was given a cortisone injection in his right elbow and scratched from his scheduled appearance.

Dukes charged Former major league outfielder Elijah Dukes was being held in a Florida jail after his pregnant ex-girlfriend accused him of slapping her in the face during an argument, authorities said. Dukes, 26, was arrested Wednesday on charges of aggravated battery on a pregnant woman and driving with a revoked or suspended license. He also had been wanted on a contempt of court warrant. He was being held without bond. Dukes spent last season in the independent Atlantic League . . . Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez is going back to the Dominican Republic to obtain his work visa, hoping to a straighten out a problem that appears to stem from his performance-enhancing drug ban last year. He only has a travel visa right now. The righthander expects to rejoin the Reds in Arizona on Tuesday . . . Brewers rookie league third baseman Wayne Dedrick was suspended for 50 games under the minor league drug program for a second violation involving a drug of abuse.

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