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Twins’ Jason Castro to have knee surgery, out 4-6 weeks

The timetable isn’t firm, but it’s also not hopeful either.

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Twins will be without their starting backstop for at least another month. Jason Castro will undergo knee surgery for a meniscus tear that he sustained earlier this month, says Minnesota manager Paul Molitor.

While there’s no exact time table for the veteran to return from his his partial meniscectomy, it’s very possible that Castro takes the longer route to recovery since this has been a nagging problem for him and his knees need to be preserved as much as possible.

This is the the 31-year old’s second year with Minnesota. In 2017 the former All-Star .242/.333/.388 with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs, a stark contrast to the .143/.257/.238 he was slashing before going on the DL.

For the past two weeks Mitch Garver has taken Castro’s place behind the plate. Now with news of Castro’s extended absence, the Twins have recalled veteran Bobby Wilson to split playing time with Garver.

This marks the second Twins starter that has gone down in a month, with Miguel Sano hitting the disabled list for a strained left hamstring. But while it looks like Sano could be on the cusp of a rehab assignment and back with the Twins soon, Castro has a long road ahead of him before that point.