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Ramon Castro


Castro was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Mets on Friday due to a strained left oblique muscle. The catcher suffered the injury during batting practice last weekend in Atlanta. The Mets have recalled catcher Mike DiFelice from Triple-A Norfolk to backup starter Paul Lo Duca.


Castro and the New York Mets agreed Tuesday to an $800,000, one-year contract. The backup catcher hit .244 in 99 games last season with eight home runs and 41 RBIs for the Mets. Castro's deal allows him to earn $50,000 bonuses for 60, 70 and 80 games played.


Castro had a career-high five RBIs against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday. The Mets' catcher finished 2-for-5 with a double in New York's 14-1 rout over Arizona.


With Mike Piazza out a few days with a swollen left wrist, Castro started behind the plate for the Mets on Thursday, and he'll probably be the starter on Friday night as well. Castro will be play, even though he injured his left middle finger sliding back into first base on a pickoff attempt after replacing Piazza in Wednesday's game. Castro had his middle and ring fingers taped together yesterday.


Castro is back on the New York Mets' active roster after spending a couple of weeks on the disabled list recovering from a strained right quadriceps muscle. The catcher will resume his duties as Mike Piazza's primary backup, replacing Mike DiFelice, who was designated for assignment on Thursday.


Castro has landed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quadriceps muscle. The Mets' reserve catcher will be replaced on the active roster by veteran Mike DiFelice, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Norfolk on Monday.

Castro has seen just 29 at-bats in 25 games this season, serving as Mike Piazza's primary backup behind the plate. He is hitting .241 with three RBI and one stolen base.