The hits keep coming for a once promising 2014 Texas Rangers.
Fresh of the heels of news that left-handed pitcher Matt Harrison was flying back to Dallas for an MRI on his surgically repaired back, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News tweeted out that primary catcher Geovany Soto is flying back as well. Soto has been dealing with what had been reported as ‘minor’ pain in his Achilles heel. The injury had allowed Soto to squat, catch, throw, and hit; the only activity Geovany had not been participating in was base-running.
Soto, 31, was acquired from the Cubs in the middle of 2012 as the backup to Mike Napoli. He signed a one-year deal to be the backup catcher to A.J. Pierzynski in 2013. Soto signed another one-year deal for 2014, but this time, he was labeled the team’s primary backstop. The team signed former Toronto Blue Jay J.P. Arencibia to be his backup, although Arencibia also has been a primary catcher in his career.
The 2008 Rookie-of-the-Year Soto had a tremendous second half in 2013, starting in 20 games, making 79 plate appearances, and walloping a .324/.392/.620 slash line with two key home runs. The Rangers are counting on him to return to the 2008 and 2010 catcher that could hit for average and power.
The Rangers are also waiting on news regarding second baseman Jurickson Profar, sidelined with shoulder tendinitis, and Tanner Scheppers, who did not pitch a scheduled bullpen because of back stiffness.