ARLINGTON, TX – (CBS HOUSTON) It’s been a tough first week for Houston Astros catcher Max Stassi. It started out well, with the 22-year-old getting called up for his first run in the Major Leagues on Tuesday.
He played Tuesday night in the Astros 4-2 loss to the Rangers and went 2 for 3 from the plate, recording her first Major League hit.
He was tagged out after stepping off second base, thinking he was put out, when the throw went over the Rangers shortstop’s head.
We’re sure he was nervous. First game in a big league stadium. Just got his first hit. It would get better tomorrow.
Wednesday saw Stassi get his first career RBI to tie the Astros and Rangers at four in the top of the eighth. It probably wasn’t the way that Stassi imagined getting that first RBI. With the bases loaded and two outs the Rookie stepped to the plate to face Tanner Scheppers and the first pitch hit him in the shoulder and then the face, driving in the tying run.
Stassi left the game after the hit-by-pitch and was taken to the hospital. No word on when he’ll be back with the team.
The Astros are off Thursday before hosting the Blue Jays at Minute Made Park for a weekend three game series.