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Monday, June 20, 2011
Battery recovering from Atlanta humidity

By Randy Jennings

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers play in heat all the time.

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The humidity of Atlanta on Sunday proved to be a challenge, however.

Pitcher Alexi Ogando and catcher Yorvit Torrealba needed intravenous therapy after Sunday’s game in Atlanta. Torrealba was replaced by Taylor Teagarden in the bottom of fourth and Ogando left for a pinch hitter an inning later.

Said Rangers manager Ron Washington: “I wish you could have gotten a close-up look at at the uniform hanging on Ogando.’’

The pitcher said his uniform was soaked, even his pants.

“I didn’t have enough liquids before the game,’’ Ogando said. “That was my mistake.’’

Torrealba initially felt something was wrong in the second inning. He walked to the mound and told Ogando he was feeling kind of weird.

Later, he felt a cramp in his right leg when running to first on a base hit.

But the catcher said he didn’t want to use heat-related problems as excuses for two errors he committed in Atlanta’s 3-run third inning.

Torrealba and Michael Young collided going after what appeared to be an easy pop up about 30 feet from home plate.

"I didn't hear Michael call at all,'' said Torrealba, who received an error.  “That was his ball all the way, but I knew I could catch it.’’ 

Earlier in the inning, Torrealba received an error for committing catcher’s interference.

Washington said he considered resting Torrealba even before Sunday‘s game. “I didn’t want to play him, but Teagarden wasn’t ready to go. But he had to go.’’

The manager hinted that in addition to sitting out tonight, Torrealba might be rested for Game 2 of the Astros series on Tuesday.

Both Torrealba and Ogando reported they felt much better today.