Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Towles sent down, Castro stays put

After last night's game, the Astros sent J.R. Towles down, and not to Round Rock. No....all the way to Corpus. And he ain't happy:

“I’m not happy about the situation, but I guess they had to make moves and I’m that move...I thought I did all right, considering I had just a hair over 40 at-bats. A lot can change in 40 at-bats. You can shoot your way up. I know I’m not knocking the cover off the ball, but to be honest right now nobody really is.”

He has a pretty good point. Send them all down to Corpus.

Towles, a Crosby native, said the most frustrating part about the move was not knowing where he stands with the organization.

I think he does know. He earned a job in Spring Training that took him 47ABs to lose. He knew he had a thin margin for error, and he ended up on the wider side of that margin, and he lost his job. His place in the organization is now C3, because Quintero stayed put, being able to better communicate with Roy, but as Mills said that they want him to catch every day, he isn't taking Castro's job at Round Rock. So we can help: J.R., you're the third catcher. Kevin Cash came up to give Quintero a rest, and it's not an indication of Castro's performance.

Fallas says the Astros moved Arias to the 60-Day DL to make room for Cash on the roster.

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