Castro hitting his stride at bat, behind plate

Castro hitting his stride at bat, behind plate

CHICAGO -- With his playing time on the rise, Astros catcher Jason Castro is making steady progress offensively and defensively. Castro wasn't in the lineup Friday at Wrigley Field, but he had started five of the previous six games.

Castro, who missed all of last season, entered Friday on a 20-for-65 (.308) streak since May 21, having hit both of his home runs in that span. He's also thrown out three of the past five runners who have tried to steal (he's 8-for-38 in that department for the season). Castro has been watching video of his throwing motion from two years ago.

"It was just a matter of slowing myself down," Castro said. "I was getting out in front of myself and trying to be too quick. I watched some film and realized there's a small adjustment I had to make, and as soon as I made it, my throws were right on target and back to how I was throwing a couple of years ago."

When it comes to offense, the increased playing time can only help.

"Any time you can keep the reps up and stay in that rhythm, it's beneficial," Castro said. "I've been feeling really comfortable and getting back to where I need to be. It's showing, and I'm just happy with where I'm at, and hopefully I can just continue to build off that."