Corporan has first of two expected starts for Castro

Corporan has first of two expected starts for Castro

ST. PETERSBURG -- After he fouled a ball off his left knee Friday night and had some issues getting into a squat, catcher Jason Castro was in the lineup at designated hitter Saturday, with Carlos Corporan making the first of what was planned to be two consecutive starts behind the plate.

Castro, who entered Saturday hitting .221 with six homers and 31 RBIs, took batting practice Saturday without any issues, but he could use a day without catching.

"It really only bothers me to squat," he said. "I've been dealing with some stuff here and there. That's just catching, though. If it's not one thing, it's something else, it seems like. The good thing is I haven't been getting hit by pitches as much at the plate. So that's always nice, not having to deal with that and the stuff from catching."

Corporan started at catcher for the first time since Sunday and was scheduled to start consecutive games because manager Bo Porter planned to give Castro a day off Sunday. It would be the first time Corporan had started consecutive days at catcher since May 8-9. The team will be off Monday.

"[Castro's] body will be fresh with the off-day on Sunday," Porter said. "Castro can DH today, take tomorrow off and Corporan gets to catch back-to-back days and then gets a day off. It keeps everybody fresh."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.