Report: Rangers C Soto out 10-12 weeks with torn lateral meniscus

by Mar 24, 12:16 PM

The Texas Rangers signed catcher J.P. Arencibia as insurance in case something happened to Geovany Soto and on Monday that move paid off. 

Soto left Sunday's game in the second inning after he grabbed his right leg and needed help standing up before limping towards the dugout. 

The team sent him for what was believed to be a precautionary MRI but the results revealed much more damage than expected. 

Soto backed up A.J. Pierzynski last season, appearing in 54 games hitting .245/.328/.466 with nine home runs and 22 RBI and was tabbed as the team's starting catcher heading into the 2014 season. 

Arencibia agreed to a one-year, $1.8-million deal in December after the Blue Jays non-tendered him. The 28-year-old provides a lot of power with his bat with little contact and is an average defender. In 138 games last season, Arencibia hit a career-low .194/.227.365 with 21 home runs, 55 RBI and 148 strikeouts.  

The Rangers were quick to promote their newest starter as Arencibia was the featured player when the team sent out their pre-game tweet ahead of Monday's game.