PITTSBURGH -- With three catchers on his roster following the addition of Carlos Corporan, Astros interim manager Tony DeFrancesco plans to split playing time between Jason Castro, Chris Snyder and Corporan the best he sees fit.
"Three catchers is basically a luxury," he said. "You can pinch-hit late in the game and pinch-run. We're going to try to win as many games as we can, and if we have to get a catcher out of the game earlier, we can do that."
The only matchup DeFrancesco is committed to is having the veteran Snyder catch Lucas Harrell, who leads the team in wins and has been the most consistent starter. Castro figures to get the bulk of the playing time, but Corporan, a switch-hitter, did a nice job earlier in the year when he was called up by hitting .275 with three homers and nine RBIs.
"You saw him last year and saw the struggles he had adapting to Major League pitching," DeFrancesco said. "Down at the Triple-A level, the guy was filling in great, and when he was up earlier you noticed a big difference in his attitude with the way he's calling the game and his approach at the plate. A switch-hitting catcher is a manager's dream."