HOUSTON -- Astros catcher Humberto Quintero hobbled off the field and onto the disabled list with the help of trainers in the seventh inning of Houston's 7-6 loss to Arizona after getting bowled over at the plate, just days after Giants catcher Buster Posey broke his leg in a similar fashion.
Quintero suffered a sprained right ankle when, with one out and the bases loaded, the D-backs' Chris Young hit a soft grounder to Astros pitcher Wilton Lopez, who attempted to throw out Ryan Roberts at home plate.
"It was a tough play," said Astros manager Brad Mills. "The ball was to the inside anyway, so he's got to stay to the inside trying to catch the ball."Roberts lowered his shoulder and barreled into Quintero, who fell backward awkwardly as the ball deflected off Roberts and past the catcher for two runs to give the D-backs, who entered the inning trailing by two runs, a 7-6 lead.
"The bat made me slide back, and that's when the guy hit me," Quintero said. "I pulled my ankle and knee back. I think I felt it more in my knee, but I wear something on my knee that doesn't let my knee go back."
Quintero, who said he could immediately see swelling in his ankle, said he thought the play was fair and that collisions are part of the game.
"It was a slow roller and I started running in and he just sat down right in front of the plate," Roberts said of the play. "I was going to try and go around him, but there was just no way I could have slid around him. You never want to see anyone get hurt in this game, so that wasn't the point. Again, I'm just trying to score."The first thing I thought of was the Buster Posey thing. That's on everyone's mind right now so everybody's talking about it. That's the first thing I thought about, but like I said, I hope everything is all right and he'll be back soon. I'm not in this to try to get anybody, just trying to play hard."
Quintero said doctors told him he could be ready as soon as seven to 10 days, but he will be placed on the 15-day disabled list.
"There's only one catcher here, [J.R.] Towles, so I'm OK with that," Quintero said regarding the DL move.Catcher Robinson Cancel will be called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he was hitting .324 with two home runs in 30 games.
Rowan Kavner is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.