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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Notes: Roster flexibility, Hurley, Tobin

By Richard Durrett

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The biggest thing Wednesday's roster moves do for Ron Washington is give him some lineup flexibility.

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And specifically, he gives him more options with Mike Napoli.

No longer does Washington have to worry about not having another catcher on the bench if he wants to utilize Napoli at DH or off the bench as a pinch-hitter. The Rangers brought up Taylor Teagarden and long man Brett Tomko from Triple-A Round Rock and optioned Michael Kirkman back to Triple-A.

Washington said Napoli remains the backup catcher and would be behind the plate ahead of Teagarden. But instead of having Andres Blanco as the "emergency" catcher, Washington has an official third catcher.

"I feel great," Teagarden said. "I was really pleased with how my spring went defensively. I've started getting some knocks and going good with the bat. I was happy overall with the way I started off and I was having fun down there."

Other notes:

* Washington has Ian Kinsler as the DH on Wednesday to give his legs a day off and really two days with the off day on Thursday. The manager plans on getting Elvis Andrus and Nelson Cruz some days at DH soon too. He would also like to do that with Adrian Beltre. In that case, Michael Young would likely play third and Washington said Chris Davis might even play first in that same lineup.

* Eric Hurley was released from a New Orleans hospital on Wednesday, two days after he was struck in the head by a line drive at Triple-A Round Rock. Hurley was diagnosed with a moderate concussion and a small fracture above the right temple. He has not been cleared to travel, but is expected to come to Arlington this weekend. He'll undergo further evaluation before the club decides when he can resume baseball activities.

* Mason Tobin said he had an MRI on Wednesday and is waiting on the results. He said his elbow feels sore, but that it's nothing like what he felt before the three surgeries. Then, he said he felt pain. "This is just soreness," Tobin said. The club hasn't decided what move to make to create room for Brett Tomko on the 40-man roster and how those MRI results look could impact the decision.