Texas Rangers: Taylor Teagarden

Trading Taylor Teagarden makes sense

December, 1, 2011
12/01/11
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There was no role for Taylor Teagarden on the 2012 Rangers and he was out of options. So the club traded him to a team needing a backup catcher and received two prospects.

The Rangers announced the trade Thursday afternoon, sending the catcher to Baltimore for right-handed pitcher Randy Henry and a player to be named later. That PTBNL won't be determined until after the Rule-5 draft next Thursday. Teagarden will back up Matt Wieters.

"There were a couple of clubs that expressed interest in Teagarden," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "Rather than getting to the end of spring training and having limited options at that point, we wanted to make the best baseball deal we could. It gives Taylor a Major League opportunity he didn’t have here, and we add a very interesting young pitcher to our mix in Randy Henry. Quality scouting by our guys to identify him.”

Teagarden was out of options and didn't really have a job with Mike Napoli and Yorvit Torrealba at catcher.

The University of Texas product turns 28 later this month. He was a third-round pick in 2005 and the club was high on him. But he wasn't quite ready to seize a starting job the past few years as the Rangers searched for catching. Once they signed Torrealba to a two-year deal prior to the 2011 season, signed Matt Treanor and then acquired Napoli, Teagarden was stuck in the minors. Napoli's solid spring training behind the plate coupled with a need for an extra arm in the bullpen forced the Rangers to trade Treanor. But even then, Teagarden was third on the depth chart.

Napoli and Torrealba are both under contract for 2012, so Teagarden wasn't likely to make the club out of spring training and he was out of options. By dealing him now, the Rangers can get some prospects for him before trying to unload him at some point during spring training, when the market might be different.

We'll see if Henry can develop into something along with the player to be named later the Rangers acquire once the Rule-5 draft is over.

So who is Henry?

He's 21 and was 4-3 with a 2.22 ERA in 52 2/3 innings at Class A in 2011. He finished the season in the South Atlantic League. He had 40 strikeouts and eight walks. He was taken in the fourth round of the 2009 draft and is 5-5 with a 3.33 ERA (75 2/3 innings) in 40 relief outings in 2010 and 2011. He's an Oklahoma native and did spend two stints on the DL in 2010 with right elbow inflammation.

Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus tweeted that Henry has a plus fastball with command and good velocity and sink on his pitches. One scout said he throws between 90-93 mph with a nice slider and is a good athlete.

The Rangers have 37 players on the 40-man roster.

Darren O'Day recalled, Teagarden optioned

August, 24, 2011
8/24/11
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers recalled reliever Darren O'Day on Wednesday to help reinforce the bullpen. Taylor Teagarden was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock, but will likely come back up a few days after rosters expand as the Rangers will want a third catcher on the bench.

O'Day has thrown 5 1/3 shutout innings in four appearances during his most recent stint for Round Rock. His last game was Sunday vs. New Orleans, when he gave up no runs on one hit in 1 2/3 innnings with three strikeouts and no walks (on 36 pitches, 20 of them strikes). Overall at Triple-A, O'Day was 1-0 with a 2.21 ERA in 17 games (one start) in 20 1/3 innings pitched this season.

O'Day will be making his third stint with the club and first since Aug. 6-9. He was on the disabled list a little more than two months after surgery to repair a partial tear of the labrum in his left hip. He's 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 11 2/3 innings for the Rangers this season.

Teagarden has had four different stints with the Rangers in 2011 and has hit .235 (8-for-34) with two doubles and two RBIs in 14 games. In Round Rock this season, Teagarden has hit .281 with 10 homers, four doubles, three triples and 20 RBIs in 37 games.

Craig Gentry stays down to sustain 'pen

August, 8, 2011
8/08/11
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers will leave outfielder Craig Gentry at Triple-A Round Rock for two more days in order to delay a decision to cut down the bullpen by one.

Gentry was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list July 28 and Sunday night he completed what was supposed to be a three-day rehab assignment. However, with pitcher Scott Feldman still nursing a blister and unavailable, Rangers manager Ron Washington wants to keep his bullpen fully stocked with eight arms (including Feldman, who does not appear to be a case for the DL).

Washington will ship out a position player Tuesday when starting pitcher Alexi Ogando takes the mound after going home to the Dominican Republic on paternity leave and then make the cut in the bullpen upon Gentry's return on Wednesday.

Third catcher Taylor Teagarden, who was recalled when Gentry went on the DL, could receive the bad news Tuesday, although Washington did not reveal his intentions. The Rangers also have two utility infielders, Andres Blanco and Omar Quintanilla, on the active roster.

While Washington has noted that Teagarden affords him more flexibility (and insurance) to play Yorvit Torrealba and Mike Napoli in the lineup together -- such as for tonight's game against Seattle with Napoli catching and Torrealba as the designated hitter -- he said Teagarden's presence on the active roster is not mandatory.

* The Rangers promoted LHP Kevin Matthews, the club's first-round selection in the 2011 June draft, to Spokane and is scheduled to start Tuesday night vs. Yakima. He went 1-0, with a 1.50 ERA in seven games (three starts) in AZL League.

Napoli activated; Teagarden optioned

July, 4, 2011
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers activated Mike Napoli (strained left oblique) from the disabled list Monday and optioned catcher Taylor Teagarden to Triple-A Round Rock.

Napoli tore it up at the plate during his four-game rehab assignment in Round Rock, hitting.267 with nine RBIs and three home runs, including a walk off three-run shot in his last rehab game Sunday.

Before going on the DL, Napoli was batting .221 with 10 home runs and 25 RBIs. He leads Rangers catchers in ERA while behind the plate at 2.97.

Napoli was put on the DL June 12.

Teagarden matched his career high in hits in a game during his most recent stint in the majors, with three against the Marlins Friday. He's batting .269 with two doubles and two RBIs in the nine games he's played with the Rangers in 2011.

Rapid Reaction: Rangers 15, Marlins 5

July, 1, 2011
7/01/11
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Alexi Ogando looked much better, closer to the pitcher that was so impressive to start the season and not the one we've seen the last few outings. The offense was productive and the club seemed to have everything going its way from balls hitting the chalk to fly balls getting past outstretched gloves. Some quick thoughts (more to come from the clubhouse):

* Ogando threw more sliders and changeups, especially early in the game, and settled in quickly. He didn't allow a baserunner until a leadoff walk in the fifth and lost his no-hit bid that same inning. He had good fastball command but was able to complement that with the off-speed and breaking pitches. The entire package was one that had the Marlins' offense guessing.

* Ogando needed a good start after pitching a total of 9 2/3 innings in his last three starts. He just struggled in those and didn't have command early, getting into trouble and allowing big innings.

* Ogando couldn't get through the seventh. He allowed two runs on three straight hits in the seventh inning and then walked Dewayne Wise, ending his night after 6 2/3 innings pitched. He got a nice hand from the fans and tipped his cap on the way out. He had a career-high eight strikeouts. I was actually a little surprised Ogando didn't come out of the game earlier, but he ended up with 102 pitches (and most were stress-free). That should provide a nice confidence boost for him.

* Nelson Cruz had a nice birthday game, pounding out a homer and a triple for six RBIs. The homer was his 19th of the season. Cruz did it on an 0-2 pitch to drive in three runs in the third, turning a 2-0 game into a 5-0 game. That was his second homer on an 0-2 pitch this season. It went to left-center, a sign that Cruz was willing to go with the pitch to the opposite field. Cruz now has four homers in his last six home games. He was 1-for-8 in Houston. Cruz is the 15th different player in Rangers history to homer on his birthday.

* Eight of the Rangers' 15 runs were scored with two outs. That's something new hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh has been stressing and the club came through tonight.

* Taylor Teagarden had a good night. He called a nice game for Ogando, mixing up pitches and helping keep the Marlins' hitters off-balance. And he had two doubles and a single with a run scored and an RBI. The three hits matches his career high set one other time.

* Adrian Beltre was just 2-for-13 in Houston but had a strong showing Friday. He had three hits, including a two-RBI double down the first-base line to make it 7-0 in the fourth. Beltre's double came with two outs and his RBI single in the third was with two strikes. In fact, all four of Beltre's RBIs on the night came with two outs. It was Beltre's eighth game with at least three RBIs this season.

* Ian Kinsler walked in the third inning. He has a team-high 51 walks. Kinsler was seventh in the AL in walks coming into the game. Kinsler came out of the game in the sixth, probably just to get a break. Andres Blanco came in for him.

* Josh Hamilton had a productive night. He was on base his first four times, scoring two runs. He had an RBI double that hit the chalk down the left-field line. He also walked twice, once intentionally, and had a single and scored a run in the third. Hamilton showed his speed, going from first to third on Beltre's single in the third. He made a head-first slide to get in just ahead of the tag.

* Yoshinori Tateyama came in and got a strikeout to end the seventh inning. With two outs in the eighth, he passed the ball to Michael Kirkman, who got a strikeout to end the eighth. Kirkman stayed in to get through the ninth, in which he gave up three runs. One came on an error by Beltre (tough hop, but one he usually gets). That was Beltre's 11th error this season, second-most on the club.

* Ron Washington will pick the All-Star team, probably by noon Saturday. More on that on the blog tomorrow morning.

* Brandon Webb was scratched from his Triple-A rehab start Friday with shoulder discomfort.

Lineups: Rangers vs. Marlins

July, 1, 2011
7/01/11
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Here are the lineups for today's game between the Texas Rangers and Florida Marlins:

MARLINS
3B Emilio Bonifacio (S)
2B Omar Infante
1B Gaby Sanchez
SS Hanley Ramirez
LF Logan Morrison (L)
RF Mike Stanton
DH Greg Dobbs (L)
C John Buck
CF Dewayne Wise (L)

RANGERS
2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
LF Josh Hamilton (L)
3B Adrian Beltre
DH Michael Young
RF Nelson Cruz
1B Mitch Moreland (L)
C Taylor Teagarden
CF Endy Chavez (L)

Mound: Alexi Ogando vs. Anibal Sanchez

Rangers strike back, take 2-1 lead

June, 26, 2011
6/26/11
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Michael Young's power stroke continued in his first at-bat, as the Rangers got back that run Derek Holland gave up in the top of the first.

Young, batting third with Josh Hamilton getting the day off, took Mets starter and UT-Arlington product Dillon Gee deep to left center with two outs to knot the game at 1-1. It was the seventh home run of the season for Young, and ran his hitting streak to 12.

Young has homered in three straight games, matching the longest streak in his career. He's done that two other times -- September 2004 and July 2010. Young also has homers in four of the last five games.

The Rangers two-out rally was just getting started with Young. Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz followed with singles before Mitch Moreland lined another single to right-center to score Beltre. David Murphy walked to load the bases.

Taylor Teagarden nearly added to the total, ripping a smash that New York shortstop Jose Reyes fielded from his backside and flipped to second to end the inning.

Today's lineups: Yorvit Torrealba off again

June, 21, 2011
6/21/11
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ARLINGTON -- Yorvit Torrealba will miss a second straight game as a precaution. Manager Ron Washington expects Torrealba to be in the lineup on Wednesday and the catcher said he felt better Tuesday. He was out taking batting practice.

"I just to make sure I give him time to recover," Washington said. "I certainly can't afford to lose him and one more day is not going to hurt. So I decided to give him one more day."

The Rangers lineup:

2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
LF Josh Hamilton
3B Adrian Beltre
DH Michael Young
RF Nelson Cruz
1B Mitch Moreland
C Taylor Teagarden
CF Endy Chavez

LHP C.J. Wilson is on the mound

ASTROS

RF Jason Bourgeois
CF Michael Bourn
2B Jeff Keppinger
DH Carlos Lee
LF Jason Michaels
3B Chris Johnson
1B Brett Wallace
SS Clint Barmes
C Carlos Corporan

RHP Jordan Lyles on the mound

Taylor Teagarden improving footwork

June, 18, 2011
6/18/11
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ATLANTA -- Rangers manager Ron Washington didn't think Taylor Teagarden had a chance to get Curtis Granderson when the Yankees speedster tried to get to second base during the 12-inning Rangers' loss Thursday.

"But he got up and made a nice throw," Washington said. "He played a good game."

Teagarden had a hit and helped the pitching staff allow three runs, despite the loss. It could earn him another day game start Sunday in Atlanta, though Washington hasn't made any decisions on that yet.

Teagarden said he's improved his throws to second by actually dialing it down with his feet.

"That's the key for me," Teagarden said. "I feel like my arm is good enough to get it there quickly, but if I don't set my feet properly, it goes wide. I was trying to set them too quickly and rushing things. When I don't rush and just set my feet and make the throw I'm capable of, the results are better. The onus is on me to do that."

Teagarden is back in the big leagues because Mike Napoli is on the disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle. Teagarden said he wants to take advantage of any and every opportunity to play in the majors and do what he can to help the club win.

Rapid Reaction: Yanks 3, Rangers 2 (12)

June, 16, 2011
6/16/11
4:06
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NEW YORK -- Both teams squandered several chances and left a combined 23 men on base, but the Yankees got the hit they needed in the 12th for the extra-inning win and the sweep. The Rangers have lost 8 of 10 and are 1-6 on this road trip. Some quick thoughts (more to come later from the clubhouse):

* After having the winning run on base in all three extra innings, the Yankees got the win in the 12th off Michael Kirkman. Brett Gardner got a single to right to score Curtis Granderson for the win. Garnder got to hit after Robinson Cano was hit by an 0-2 pitch. Manager Ron Washington argued that it might have hit the knob of the bat, but to no avail.

* C.J. Wilson was a workhorse on Thursday, throwing a career-high 129 pitches (81 strikes) in eight innings. He allowed two runs on eight hits with 10 strikeouts and three walks and got out of various levels of trouble because he put the leadoff batter on base in four of those innings. Wilson induced plenty of ground balls and even managed to convince his manager to leave him in the game. Ron Washington went to the mound with two outs in the eighth and one on and Wilson persuaded him to walk back to the dugout without making a pitching change, a rarity for the manager. (I'll point out that he was open to Wilson's convincing by not making a change before he stepped on the mound.)

* Darren Oliver had a gritty ninth inning. He gave up a single and then had to intentionally walk pinch-hitter Alex Rodriguez to get to Nick Swisher with one out. But Oliver walked Swisher to loaded the bases with one out. He went 3-2 on Curtis Granderson and threw a pitch that was well outside of the zone, but Granderson chased it to strike out. Oliver then got Mark Teixeira to ground out.

* Kirkman got out of the 10th on a nice defensive play by Adrian Beltre at third. A liner by Jorge Posada went off Beltre's glove and straight up into the air. Beltre caught it and then threw to first base to get Jones on a double play.

* Wilson did fall behind hitters early, pushing up his pitch count. He threw first-pitch balls to six of the first nine batters he faced as the Yankees stayed patient and made him work. Alexi Ogando and Derek Holland had the same problem at Yankee Stadium the past few days. Wilson was better about first-pitch strikes the second time through the order.

* With the Rangers up 2-1, Wilson walked Robinson Cano to start the sixth. That hurt. With one out, Jorge Posada, who was 3-for-36 against left-handed pitchers this season, belted a double to center to tie the score. It was his first extra-base hit against a lefty this season.

* Wilson was able to bear down and get out of a big jam in the third. He hit Nick Swisher with a first-pitch breaking ball and gave up a single to Curtis Granderson to start the inning. Mark Teixeira's ground ball to third moved both runners up with one out. Wilson then got Robinson Cano and Andruw Jones on back-to-back strikeouts. He changed speeds well and painted both corners to both hitters.

* The Rangers' approach to Brian Gordon early on Thursday was to swing early in the count, figuring the newly-signed Yankee would want to throw fastball strikes. The Rangers did get on base on two hits in the second, but couldn't score. And the early swings allowed Gordon to pitch ahead in the count. Texas altered things midway through the game, trying to get more patient.

* Taylor Teagarden showed off his arm with a terrific throw to second base to get Curtis Granderson attempting to steal. Teagarden jumped up and threw a bullet to end the inning. He also had an opposite-field single in the sixth.

* Gordon, the outfielder-turned-pitcher who started for the Yankees, gave up two runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision. He got a huge hand from the Yankee Stadium crowd. He also made Rangers bench coach Jackie Moore a popular interview with the New York media. Moore coached Gordon in the minors when he switched from outfield to pitcher.

* Ian Kinsler appears to be finding his swing. And that would be a huge boost for the offense. Kinsler was 1-for-5 with an RBI double in the fifth to give the Rangers the lead. That performance came after he was 2-for-3 with a homer, two walks and two runs scored on Wednesday. For a guy who wasn't hitting at all on the road, it's progress.

* The Rangers wasted a great chance to score more in the fifth. They scored two, but the Yankees intentionally walked Josh Hamilton to get to Michael Young in the fifth. Young came into the game with 10 ground ball double plays, three behind the AL leader (Torii Hunter). But he's a hitting machine at Yankee Stadium. Young popped up to second. It appeared the Yankees would get out of the inning by allowing just one run, but Gordon hit Adrian Beltre on an 0-2 slow curve to put the Rangers up.

* Hamilton was intentionally walked for the second time in the seventh (he was intentionally walked five times in the ALCS). This time, Young hit the first pitch he saw and chopped it to third for an easy double play. That was his 11th of the season. It killed the Rangers' attempt to take the lead.

* Young's single in the fourth extended his hitting streak to 18 career games at (new) Yankee Stadium and 21 games dating back to the old stadium. He has an 18-game hitting streak in the regular season at the two parks, tied for the third-longest by any opponent against the Yankees at their home park. George Burns, Al Kaline and Wally Joyner also had 18-game hitting streaks.

Notes: Pitchers get BP, Webb progressing

June, 15, 2011
6/15/11
4:36
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NEW YORK -- C.J. Wilson loves to hit. The pitcher, who played outfield (and a gaggle of other positions) at Loyola Marymount University before his professional career began, was out with Alexi Ogando, Michael Kirkman and Colby Lewis for early batting practice before Wednesday's game at Yankee Stadium.

Pitching coach Mike Maddux made it into a competition as he gave each pitcher a scenario -- runner at third and one out, or no runners on, etc. -- and they had to try to execute. The pitchers took turns trying to see who could not only bunt the best, but hit homers. That certainly favored the left-handed hitting Wilson and Kirkman.

"It's easy to hit homers to right here," Wilson said. "We're good athletes. If you throw a fastball down the middle at 86 mph, at some point we'll clobber some."

Wilson said he asked to play outfield early in his minor-league career when he had arm trouble that led to Tommy John surgery (he missed all of 2004 recovering from it). Clearly things have worked out for Wilson on the mound. But could he have developed into a solid outfielder?

"I saw Rick Ankiel do it and he's a good athlete," Wilson said. "I thought I could do some similar things."

Wilson doesn't talk about next season, wanting to avoid his contract situation becoming a distraction. He was asked if the idea of hitting gives the National League a certain appeal to him. All he said was that it's fun to hit and that he believes it's easier to pitch in the National League because you get to face the pitcher and the No. 8 hitter.

Other notes:

* The Rangers got some favorable reports on Brandon Webb's outing on Tuesday. Maddux said Webb's velocity was up a bit at 83 to 85 mph (may have been a touch higher than that on a few pitches) and he had good movement. Webb also felt good about the start.

"I felt as normal as I ever have," Webb said via text. "My changeup was really good. I still think there is more in there for sure. It got better as the game went on."

Webb was clearly excited about it, and that is encouraging to the Rangers. He's scheduled to go four innings Sunday in Corpus Christi.

"It's like spring training," Maddux said. "He'll keep building up and we'll see where we are. That success can give him some confidence."

* Matt Harrison, who left Sunday's start with a bruised left triceps after getting hit by a line drive, threw a bullpen session Wednesday and said he had no issues. He's on target to make his next start Saturday in Atlanta.

* Manager Ron Washington said Neftali Feliz was up in the bullpen Tuesday just to get some work in. But he hasn't been in a game since last Wednesday, and Washington said he'll do what he can to get him in tonight's game. "He needs to face some hitters," Washington said.

* Taylor Teagarden is expected to catch in the day game on Thursday.

* Adrian Beltre was taken out of Tuesday's game to get him a few innings off.

* Wilson noted that he does not like the Yankee Stadium mound, something he'll have to deal with Thursday. He said it constantly gets mud in his cleats and that he just doesn't like it.

Chris Davis among 3 sent to AAA

May, 23, 2011
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The activation of Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz from the disabled list required the Rangers to make some roster moves.

Not only did they add the two injured sluggers to the active roster, but they called up right-handed reliever Yoshinori Tateyama from Triple-A Round Rock.

To make room for the three players, infielder Chris Davis, catcher Taylor Teagarden and right-handed reliever Cody Eppley were optioned to Round Rock.

Tateyama, 35, signed with Texas in the offseason after 11 seasons with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in the Japanese Pacific League. He has never pitched in the majors.

Davis started the season at Round Rock and hit .250 with three homers and four RBIs in 20 games since being called up to the Rangers on April 13.

Eppley made 10 appearances, allowing eight runs in nine innings, for the Rangers after being called up April 23.

Potential roster moves for Rangers

May, 23, 2011
5/23/11
11:30
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When the Rangers left Philadelphia they were a happy team on a couple of fronts.

1. Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz were expected to come off the disabled list today.
2. The starting pitching continues to do well.
3. The team ended a three-game losing streak with Sunday's 2-0 win over the Phillies.

The Rangers, however, have some roster moves to make today to clear the path for Hamilton and Cruz.

Craig Gentry, Chris Davis, Taylor Teagarden and Endy Chavez are possible candidates to get knocked off the big league roster.

Manager Ron Washington likes to have three catchers, but is open to possibly losing Teagarden.

Chavez, after a slow start has come on strong of late, .533 average on this seven-game road trip, but he’s hampered by a hamstring strain the last three days. He got a pinch hit double on Friday night but didn't play the last two days. He should be fine, and when he does return, Washington most likely will use him again, at least in the leadoff spot.

Gentry has started in the last seven games in center field and he’s reached base in six of the last seven games. He drove in the Rangers' second run of Sunday's game at Philadelphia with a sacrifice bunt.

Davis, who didn’t play Sunday, homered on Thursday night in his first career start as the cleanup hitter.

Washington wouldn't speculate as to who gets set down with reporters because he wanted to speak with the players first.

Roster moves give Wash more options

April, 20, 2011
4/20/11
3:17
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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.

Harrison off to good start; Rhodes sizzles

March, 1, 2011
3/01/11
5:55
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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Matt Harrison said he's seen nothing like this.

"I’ve never seen so many lefties this close to the big leagues," Harrison after allowing one run and two hits in two innings as the starter in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners.

Harrison is locked in a competition with fellow southpaws Derek Holland and Michael Kirkman to fill out the Texas Rangers' rotation behind lefty C.J. Wilson and righty Colby Lewis, and possibly Tommy Hunter, who is scheduled to start and pitch two innings Wednesday.

"Lefties seem like they're a dime a dozen now in this organization," Harrison said. "I really try not to worry about that. You have to get outs no matter what and pitch your game."

Harrison made a good first impression, mostly keeping his pitches down and staying ahead in the count. He rolled the first inning, allowing just a two-out single to Milton Bradley before getting Jack Cust to ground into a force play. After getting Miguel Olivo on a grounder to start the second, Harrison ran into some self-induced problems.

He started Adam Kennedy with a called strike on a cutter, but then Kennedy didn't bite on three more cutters outside of the zone, and Harrison said it rattled him.

"My pace was good in the first inning, then all of a sudden I got behind that guy," Harrison said. "He kept laying off those outside pitches and I’m like, 'Crap, man,' so I started getting right back on the rubber, catch the ball and throw, catch the ball and throw. Instead of just taking my time and making a good, quality pitch down, I just started rushing a little bit."

Kennedy deposited his fifth pitch, a 91-mph fastball, into the Rangers' bullpen beyond the right-field fence.

Overall, Harrison had good control and kept his pitches down. Five of the six outs he recorded game on ground balls.

"I thought he did a pretty good job. He got one pitch down in the wheelhouse of Adam Kennedy. Other than that he kept the ball down and pounded the strike zone."

Other highlights from Tuesday's game:

*Lefty reliever Arthur Rhodes, 41, apparently didn't want to stick around long. He made his Rangers spring debut in the fourth inning and needed nine pitches, eight being called strikes, to set the Mariners down in order. He got Kennedy looking at three consecutive fastballs, then got ahead of Franklin Gutierrez 0-2 on a fastball and a changeup before getting him to fly out to center on the third pitch. Finally, Rhodes, a Waco La Vega High School product, caught Dustin Ackley looking at two sliders and fastball to end the innning.

"That was as effecient as you will ever see pitched," Washington said. "Three pitches to three batters and he walked off the field, grabbed his jacket and went to the clubhouse."

*Julio Borbon continues to swing a hot bat with two a pair of singles to drive his average up to .714. He also made a stellar diving catch in center in the third inning on a Chone Figgins sinking liner. Borbon committed an error in each of the first two games.

*Brian Barden, a non-roster invitee, joined Borbon and Chris Davis in the two-hit club. Barden smacked a double and had an RBI in his first of likely very few starts at third base.

*The Rangers got a look at former pitching prospect Blake Beavan, who was dealt to the Mariners along with first baseman Justin Smoak in the Cliff Lee deal. The Rangers got to him for three runs on two hits in two innings.

*Taylor Teagarden got his first start at catcher after Yorvit Torrealba was a late scratch with back stiffness. Teagarden went 0-for-2 at the plate.

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