(Eds: With AP Photos.) As bad as last season was for the Houston Astros, it was worse for Jason Castro.
The season never really happened for the team's standout young catcher, who tore his right ACL during the second exhibition game a year ago. He had reconstructive surgery March 4 and spent the entire season rehabbing the knee.
''You can't take anything for granted. That's definitely something you learn from something like this, and how quickly it can be taken away from you,'' Castro said. ''Realizing that all it takes is one play is something that makes you appreciate it more.''
The 24-year-old Castro had surgery on his left foot in December, but he has been moving well in the early days of spring training with no visible signs of an injury.
''Given the circumstances and the way things are playing out, I'm happy with where I'm at,'' he said. ''The rehab process went as good as I could have hoped for.''
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