Pregame notes: J.P. Arencibia looks for PT

August, 31, 2014
Aug 31
1:05
PM CT
HOUSTON -- J.P. Arencibia finds himself in an interesting situation as the Rangers enter the final month of the season: After once playing every day, he now gets reduced playing time.

Arencibia doesn’t have the numbers .170/.230/.351 that would merit significant playing time, yet at one point, he led the AL in home runs and RBIs in the second half of the season. As it stands now, Arencibia is tied for ninth in home runs (7) and tied for seventh in RBIs (25).

The Rangers have a logjam of players participating at some of the key positions Arencibia plays: First base and catcher.

His entire season can be described as inconsistent. He started the first 20 games hitting just .133 and he was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock May 20. In the minors, Arencibia hit 14 home runs with 41 RBIs in 48 games.

The Rangers moved him back to the big league club and while his average remains low he’s produced the only four-RBI game of the season for the Rangers.

“When I came back and was playing every day the numbers were there,” said Arencibia, who was batting sixth on Sunday in the series finale against the Astros. “I stopped playing and have to figure out a way to still produce when my number is called.”

Ron Washington is trying to juggle Adam Rosales and Ryan Rua at first base along with Arencibia. At the plate, Arencibia is the emergency catcher because Robinson Chirinos and Tomas Telis are splitting the everyday catching duties.

“I think I come in everyday and take it day by day,” he said. “It’s out of my hands. I can’t dictate what they do with me. That’s their decision.”

Base Hits: Washington wouldn’t say how many players will get called up from the minors when the rosters are eligible for expansion on Monday. Washington noted a catcher won’t be among the players and the Rangers will expand their roster on Tuesday. Triple-A Round Rock’s regular season ends Monday and the Rangers don’t want to disrupt that. ... OF Jim Adduci is still dealing with concussion issues and also said his back is sore. ... OF Jake Smolinski (fractured left foot) continues to do baseball activities. ... In another sign he won’t return this season, RHP Yu Darvish (right elbow inflammation) will not make the trip to Kansas City, as expected.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.34 126 163
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .327
HRA. Beltre 18
RBIA. Beltre 75
RA. Beltre 77
OPSA. Beltre .886
ERAC. Lewis 5.34
SOY. Darvish 182