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Astros catcher Humberto Quintero leaves camp to have back examined in Houston

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MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JULY 10: Pitcher Wandy Rodriguez #51 of the Houston Astros chats with catcherQuintero Corporon against the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium on July 10, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

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Backup catcher Humberto Quintero has left Astros camp and traveled to Houston to have his injured back examined by team doctors.

Quintero told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that he’s “feeling better,” but players tend not to leave spring training and fly to another state unless the injury has people worried.

He’s hoping to get a cortisone shot and return to camp Thursday, but McTaggart reports that Astros trainers believe Quintero “could have some inflammation in one of the disks in his back, which could be pinching a nerve and causing discomfort down his right leg.”

Projected starter Jason Castro missed all of last season following knee surgery and is now coming back from a broken foot suffered in the Arizona Fall League, so the Astros can hardly afford to lose more catching depth.