Castro returns to lineup after collision

Castro returns to lineup after collision

Castro returns to lineup after collision
CINCINNATI -- Astros catcher Jason Castro was back in the lineup Friday after missing two games with a sore neck resulting from a violent collision at the plate with the Brewers' Mat Gamel on Monday night. It was a scary moment for Castro, who missed the 2011 season after undergoing right knee surgery.

Castro said he won't change his approach to blocking the plate, which errs on the side of caution.

"I show that they have a little bit of the plate. I give them something and then try to take it away and apply the tag at the last second," Castro said. "[Gamel] had already made up his mind that's what he was going to do. Luckily I had time to brace myself."

Castro said he treated his neck and head with over-the-counter medication and ice. He took batting practice on Friday and gave Astros manager Brad Mills a positive report afterwards.

"I spoke with him in the outfield and he said he felt great, no issues at all," Mills said. "He's 100-percent ready to go. It's really nice to see."

Castro is batting .244 in 12 games, but he's 7-for-16 (.438) with three RBIs in his last four contests.