Buzz: Geovany Soto ready to start

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Less than two weeks ago, Geovany Soto was wearing a Chicago Cubs uniform. Now, he's the Texas Rangers' starting catcher with Mike Napoli on the disabled list with a strained quad muscle.

Soto says he's settled in and is getting used to the pitching staff and learning everyone's repertoire.

"The more you see them and catch them, the more comfortable you get," Soto said.

Soto said he was excited to come to Texas in the middle of a pennant race and that he's ready to contribute in any way he can.

"I want to do my job and whenever I'm in there I'll give 100 percent and help the team win," Soto said.

Soto his batting .222 with a homer and four RBIs in five games for the Rangers.

Other notes:

* Michael Young has a 10-game hitting streak and manager Ron Washington is pleased with how Young is hitting the ball the other way and how hard he's hitting the ball even when he's pulling it.

* Washington stressed that Napoli's injury isn't severe, but it's annoyed him enough that it's impacting a bit of his play. Washington noted that Napoli is blocking balls to the side rather than square. "And what if one day something happens where he yanks it?" Washington said. "We've got to get that right."

* Matt Harrison is completely over his stomach virus and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Saturday.

* Koji Uehara threw 28 pitches in a bullpen session Friday and then about 30 pitches on flat ground. He's slated to throw again Sunday.

* The Rangers are wearing the powder blues from 1976 tonight as part of turn-back-the-clock weekend with the 40th anniversary celebration.