HOUSTON -- The Astros made a move following Thursday's loss to the Cardinals that they hope will bolster their position behind the plate, purchasing the contract of switch-hitter Carlos Corporan from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioning catcher Robinson Cancel to Oklahoma City.
Corporan, who recently returned to action after missing a month with a broken finger on his right hand, will join the club on Friday. The injury limited him to 22 games this year for the RedHawks, and he was hitting .250 with three homers and 12 RBIs.
"He will catch some, but we'll kind of see," manager Brad Mills said. "[J.R.] Towles has been getting beat up the last few days with foul tips and so forth, and we'll have to give him a couple of days [off] at some point."
Towles has been catching four out of five games since starter Humberto Quintero went on the DL on May 28 with a high ankle sprain. Quintero isn't expected to return to action for at least another week.
Corporan, who had a hit in his only Major League at-bat in 2009 with Milwaukee, was a non-roster invitee to Spring Training this year and hit .353 with four homers and 13 RBIs.