Roster moves: Julio Borbon headed to Triple-A
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Alberto Gonzalez has been named the club's utility infielder, beating out Luis Hernandez. Brandon Snyder, a longshot when he arrived in camp, has secured a bench spot along with center fielder Craig Gentry.
Gentry, a right-handed hitter, will likely get playing time in center against lefties, with Josh Hamilton shifting over to left. Against right-handers, Hamilton should get the majority of time in center with David Murphy in left.
"We decided to keep Gentry over Borbon because Gentry is a right-handed hitter and we needed his bat to mix and match," manager Ron Washington told The Associated Press. "Gonzales is staying with us because he has experience sitting around at the major league level and Hernandez needs to play every day."
Gonzalez, 28, was signed as a free agent in December after playing 102 games for the San Diego Padres in 2011. He was released at the end of the season and has 378 major league games (839 at-bats) in his career. He can play second, third and shortstop and has even played part of one big league game in right field, though he's an infielder for the Rangers.
Snyder, 25, was acquired for cash considerations in a trade with Baltimore on Jan. 3. He was a catcher his first few professional seasons but also played some third base. During spring training, Snyder played third and also got a few games as a corner outfielder. Washington said Sunday that he wasn't comfortable putting Snyder in the outfield for long durations at this point, but that with some more work with outfield coach Gary Pettis on reading and reacting to balls, he would be comfortable doing that in the future.
Snyder gives the club a right-handed bat and some flexibility in that he's the third catcher. Washington said he would be fine playing both Mike Napoli and Yorvit Torrealba in the same lineup and that Snyder could come in a catch for a few innings if needed should one of them get hurt.
The moves leave the club with one more decision: whether to put Yoshinori Tateyama (stiff back) on the disabled list. That seems likely and woulds set bullpen with Mark Lowe and Koji Uehara making it.
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