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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||161.00||4.00||.230||16.00||16.00||0.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Detroit||4||1||0|| .250|| .250|| .250|
|vs Pomeranz (Career)||1||0||0||0||.500||0|
|vs LHP||21||3||1|| .280|| .286|| .143|
|Last 10 Games|
Hank Conger replaces Jason Castro in Astros' lineup
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(5/17/15) Astros catcher Jason Castro was held out of the starting lineup for the second straight day.
Hank Conger gets his tenth start of the season behind the plate, hitting eighth in the lineup.
Shortstop Jonathan Villar also got his eighth start of the season, replacing Marwin Gonzalez.
Astros C Jason Castro out of the lineup Monday vs. Rangers
|by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer|
|(5/4/15) Astros manager A.J. Hinch held catcher Jason Castro out of the lineup on Monday against the Rangers. Castro has been struggling this year, hitting just .171 over his last 10 games for Houston, though he is currently riding a five-game hit streak.
Hank Conger got the start behind the plate against left-hander Ross Detwiler. The switch-hitting Castro has struggled to hit lefties, collecting just three hits in 19 at-bats against southpaws.
Astros catcher Hank Conger cranks second home run of the year
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(5/2/15) Astros catcher Hank Conger went 3 for 4 at the plate in Houston's 11-4 win over the Mariners Saturday. Conger cracked singles in his first two at-bats in the game before going deep in the seventh, taking a Tyler Olson pitch to left center field for a solo shot, his second of the year.
Conger is now hitting .263 with three RBI in 19 at-bats this season.
Astros catcher Hank Conger hits game-winning homer Sunday
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(4/12/15) Astros catcher Hank Conger needed just one at-bat Sunday in Houston's 6-4 win over the Rangers in 14 innings. Conger came in as a defensive replacement for Jason Castro in the 12th inning with pitcher Will Harris.
He came up in the 14th with Evan Gattis on first and ripped the first pitch he saw from Logan Verrett to deep right field for a two-run home run, his first of the season. It was Conger's sixth in the last two seasons.
Astros catcher Hank Conger dealing with left wrist injury
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(3/5/15) Astros catcher Hank Conger is dealing with a minor left wrist injury, according to the Houston Chronicle. However, he could catch in a game this weekend.
“Conger has been delayed a little bit,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “I think we’re going to get him in a game this weekend, he’s not injured. It’s just we’re delaying the start of his spring until most likely this weekend. … We’ve tried to be good to these guys on the health side and our trainers have kept him healthy.
“I think he’s catching a 'pen today. We held him off a couple days, but he’s fine. He just needed a day.”
2015 MLB team preview: Houston Astros
The Astros improved by 19 games last season. If they do so again, they'll be headed to the playoffs, but that's a much taller order. Let's preview the 2015 season.
|2014 summary: Though he was once again backed up Chris Iannetta, Hank Conger caught nearly 45 percent of the Angels' games, making him more like an understudy than a backup. The playing time evidently wasn't consistent enough for him to make any strides at the plate, though. His numbers basically dropped across the board, sticking him with a Nick Hundley-like .618 OPS.|
Playing time status: Because Conger's bat is what made him a prospect in the first place, his failure to deliver with part-time at-bats made him expendable for the Angels, who traded him to Houston this offseason for Nick Tropeano and Carlos Perez. Of course, at least with Jason Castro still around, the Astros can't go all-in with him either.
2015 outlook: Still only 26, Conger gets a fresh start with an organization that may value his skill set a little more than the Angels did, but role remains a roadblock to any sort of breakthrough. In theory, Conger could be a high-contact catcher in the A.J. Pierzynski mold, but with so many hurdles to clear, he's an AL-only flier at best.
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|5/24/15||@ DET||1:08 pm||Anibal Sanchez|
|5/25/15||@ BAL||1:35 pm||Wei-Yin Chen|
|5/26/15||@ BAL||7:05 pm||Chris Tillman|
|5/27/15||@ BAL||4:35 pm||Ubaldo Jimenez|
|5/29/15||CHW||8:10 pm||Jose Quintana|
|5/30/15||CHW||4:10 pm||Carlos Rodon|
|5/31/15||CHW||2:10 pm||John Danks|