Jason Castro missed World Series Game 4 after landing in Major League Baseball’s COVID-19 protocols.
The league announced on Saturday night a few hours before the scheduled opening date for the first pitch at Truist Park that Castro had been placed on the Houston Astros’ COVID-19 injury list.
It is not known whether Castro actually tested positive for the coronavirus or if he was just exposed, as the designation is used for both cases. If Castro has tested positive, he will need to self-quarantine for at least five days – meaning his season is over, as World Series Game 7 is scheduled for November 3 if necessary, just four days away.
Castro has been replaced on the Astros’ active roster by Garrett Stubbs.
Castro has had five batting appearances so far this playoffs, including three in the World Series. He’s hit .235 / .356 / .443 and has eight homers on 35 hits in 66 games this season, his first with the Astros after bouncing between the Los Angeles Angels and the San Diego Padres last year. . The 34-year-old is completing the first year of a two-year, $ 7 million contract with Houston.
The Atlanta Braves beat the Astros 3-2 in Game 4 on Saturday night. They now lead the series 3-1 before Game 5 on Sunday night and are one win away from their first World Series title since 1995.