Friday, January 11, 2013
Geovany Soto to be Yu Darvish's primary catcher
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers starter Yu Darvish will have a personal catcher this season, as manager Ron Washington indicated his plan is for Geovany Soto to catch most of Darvish's starts.
Soto was behind the plate as Darvish made an impressive run down the stretch in 2012, going 5-1 with a 2.35 ERA in his final eight outings -- all quality starts. The club re-signed Soto to a one-year, $2.75 million contract earlier this offseason.
"I just think they had a good communication and a good relationship. I think Soto was in Darvish's head to the point that whatever Darvish felt like he wanted to do, Soto was doing it. They meshed very well. Soto had a way of relaxing a lot of pitchers he caught, not only Yu Darvish. I don't know much Japanese Soto knows, but he went out there and said something. I don't know if Yu understood, but it relaxed him."
Darvish, 26, returned to Texas for the club's annual Fan Fest and Awards Show and said he felt much more relaxed and comfortable than he did a year ago, when he was trying to finalize a contract to play in the big leagues.
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