MINNEAPOLIS — Twins’ starting Jason Castro is done for the year, manager Paul Molitor said, after doctors changed the plan for his knee surgery.
Castro was slated to have a partial meniscectomy, in which a portion of the meniscus in his right knee would be removed to improve symptoms from a partial tear. Instead, surgeons decided that the best plan was to repair what Castro has left of his meniscus, and the recovery process on the latter procedure is much longer than the 4-6 weeks that the Twins initially were hoping.
In the interim, the Twins will continue to play with Mitch Garver and Bobby Wilson as their catchers. Castro has one more year remaining on his 3-year contract in Minnesota, and Molitor said that the surgery was done with an eye toward the 2019 season and prolonging Castro’s career.
Castro’s bat left a lot to be desired in the first month of the season. But the Twins will really miss his defensive abilities. His game planning, pitch calling, on-field coaching, his arm and, yes, his pitch framing.
Molitor projected confidence when asked about his catching situation going forward, the tandem of Garver and Wilson. Then Molitor was asked what he’ll miss most about Castro behind the plate in his absence.
“He certainly understands the value of information that can be applied to how you go about trying to get through a game,” Molitor said. “What’s hard to do — the game is constantly changing, and [knowing] what your pitcher might bring to a game and being able to make adjustments on the fly. Not to mention that his retention of the information that’s given is one of the best I’ve ever seen as far as, you tell him and he doesn’t need to have the cheat sheet, he’s got a really good idea.
“It’s just all the things that go into catching whoever might be on the mound over the course of a game, and knowing what he needs to do to have the best chance to get outs,” he said.