ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers have decided to go with an extra pitcher for the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers, replacing third catcher Matt Treanor with right-hander Yoshinori Tateyama on the roster.
Tateyama, signed by the Rangers as a free agent from Japan last November, was 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 39 appearances during the regular season. He is looking to make his postseason debut.
Because the Tigers have all right-handed pitching, the chances that both Rangers catchers -- Yorvit Torrealba and Mike Napoli -- would be in the same lineup with one at designated hitter are slim. So they can afford to carry the additional pitcher.
Rangers manager Ron Washington said Tateyama's performance in July and August and the fact that he appears rested and recharged helped give him the edge in earning the final spot on the ALCS roster.
The 35-year-old Tateyama had a 2.16 ERA in July and a 3.86 ERA in August. He was particlularly good against right-handers, who hit just .189 against him this season.
Tateyama continued to throw over the last few weeks, doing so as recently as Thursday.
"He's got his command back," Washington said. "He's good and strong and ready to go."
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Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.