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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Roster moves give Wash more options

By Richard Durrett

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers have placed Mason Tobin, who left Tuesday's game with pain in his elbow, on the 60-day disabled list with right ulnar collateral ligament inflammation.

Tobin underwent an MRI on Wednesday that showed the extent of his injury. By putting him on the 60-day disabled list, the Rangers can make room for Brett Tomko on the 40-man roster. He was called up from Triple-A Round Rock along with catcher Taylor Teagarden on Wednesday. Michael Kirkman was optioned to Triple-A. The club must make a move to put Tomko on the 40-man roster. One possibility is place Wilmer Font, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, on the 60-day DL.

The move allows manager Ron Washington to increase the versatility of Mike Napoli. The plan when the club traded for Napoli was that he could play first base and DH and would be the third catcher. But bullpen issues in the spring forced the team to trade Matt Treanor, making Napoli the backup catcher. That also handcuffed Washington from playing Napoli as the DH for fear of losing the DH if Yorvit Torrealba got hurt.

Now he can move Napoli around a little more if he chooses.

Tobin, picked up in the Rule 5 draft from the Angels (the Cubs drafted him and traded him to Texas), must spend 90 days on the active roster or be offered back to the Angels. But those 90 days can carry over to 2012 if this injury lingers.