KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- In his first Grapefruit League action of the spring, veteran Astros catcher Humberto Quintero caught five innings Sunday afternoon against the Mets and went 1-for-3 with a single and a strikeout. Quintero has been set back by a bulging disk in his back.
"I felt really good," said Quintero, who caught five innings in a Minor League game on Saturday. "Nothing hurts and I have no pain. I feel like I'm 100 percent."
Quintero ripped the first pitch he saw back up the middle for a line drive single in the first inning off Mets starter Mike Pelfrey and came around to score.
"I thought he looked real good," manager Brad Mills said. "Hitting that ball back up the middle the first at-bat was sure nice. But I thought he caught and threw the ball real well those five innings."
With only two weeks of games remaining this spring, Quintero needs to make up for lost time. He's battling for a roster spot with veteran Chris Snyder, and the club signed Landon Powell a few days ago.
"I'm going to try to do my job and handle the pitchers and try to get good at-bats every time I get an opportunity to play, and we'll go from there," Quintero said.
The Kansas City Royals, who are in need of a catcher, had a scout at Osceola County Stadium on Sunday to watch Quintero.