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

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. 

Jul 1, 10:57 AM

Rangers' Soto to start rehab assignment Friday

Jul 1, 10:57 AM

Texas Rangers catcher Geovany Soto is likely to begin his rehab assignment Friday, the next step in his return from a spring knee injury that resulted in surgery.

Soto hasn't appeared in a single game this season, but is working out with the team and catching bullpen sessions. He's likely to join Triple-A Round Rock for his assignment, with a target date of July 18 for his 2014 season debut with Texas.

“I’m here to catch a lot of bullpens and get my legs under me,” Soto said Monday via Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I’ve done everything. The only thing I haven’t done is do it with spikes on.”

As Wilson notes, Soto will be expected to make an impact offensively to the club. After a slow start from the original catching tandem of J.P. Arencibia and Robinson Chirinos, things are finally clicking.

Since the Rangers banished Arencibia to Triple A, Chirinos and Chris Gimenez have formed a productive catching duo, batting .302 with five homers, 23 RBIs and throwing out 50 percent (12 of 24) attempted base stealers

Arencibia, formerly the starting catcher for the Toronto Blue Jays, was demoted to Triple-A on May 21 and outrighted from the Rangers' 40-man roster.

Feature photo courtesy of Action Images/REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

Jun 21, 10:52 AM

Geovany Soto hopes to return after All-Star break

Jun 21, 10:52 AM

Geovany Soto's 2014 season got off to a disappointing start when he tore his meniscus during Spring Training in March.

Soto continued to make strides towards recovery this week by squatting and catching pitches for the second time in three days. 

"I feel good with the knee, I feel ahead of the game," Soto said to MLB.com

The 31-year-old backstop will catch on back-to-back days on Saturday for the first time since having surgery. Despite the progress, the Rangers don't expect to have him back in the lineup until after the All-Star Game.

Feature photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports/Joe Camporeale

Mar 31, 11:34 AM

Rangers' Arencibia to get 'bulk of catching duty' with Soto shelved

Mar 31, 11:34 AM

An untimely injury to Rangers catcher Geovany Soto has thrust J.P. Arencibia, who signed on with Texas after being non-tendered by the Blue Jays in December, back into a starting role, manager Ron Washington said Monday.

Arencibia, a first-round pick in 2007, was discarded by the Blue Jays after he hit .194/.227/.365 over 138 games last season. The 28-year-old, seldom lauded for his defensive abilities, managed 21 home runs in 2013, but also struck out in 29.8 percent of his plate appearances.

Feature photo courtesy of Reuters/Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Mar 26, 3:21 PM

Rangers C Soto has arthroscopic knee surgery

Mar 26, 3:21 PM

Geovany Soto underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Wednesday, the Texas Rangers announced.

Soto left Sunday's game after his right knee locked up. He called for assistance behind the plate because he couldn't move his leg.

An MRI revealed a torn lateral meniscus cartilage in Soto's right knee, and he's expected to be out for 10 to 12 weeks.

Manager Ron Washington did not have a ringing endorsement for J.P. Arencibia, whom the Rangers signed this offseason to backup Soto, and the Texas club signed catcher Chris Snyder to a minor-league deal on Tuesday.

Mar 24, 1:06 PM

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

Mar 24, 1:06 PM

Geovany Soto. Jurickson Profar. Matt Harrison. Derek Holland. Yu Darvish (potentially.) The Texas Rangers are not having the best final weeks of Spring Training. 

The injuries for the Rangers are, on their own, nothing major. Missing Soto (torn meniscus, out 10-12 weeks) and Profar (tear in shoulder muscle, out 10-12 weeks) isn't the end of the world - in a vacuum. But stacking all these DL stints on top of each other and the Rangers...well the Rangers have reason for concern. 

They still boast a great middle of the order with Shin-Soo Choo, Prince Fielder, Adrian Beltre, and Alex Rios. Elvis Andrus is back after a shutting down for a week after a sore throwing arm. The Rangers are still good. 

The AL West got turned upside-down by injuries this month. The A's lost pitchers to the surgeon's knife and now the Rangers spat of injuries throws an already tight division wide open. Can any of the teams afford to drop games, knowing the could easily have three teams to topple in pursuit of playoff glory? 

Texas has the most talent on both sides of the ball and if ever a team could absorb this type of hit, it's them. But running up against the dreaded "stars and scrubs" becomes a real possibility when you recall Adrian Beltre's age/miles on the odometer and the challenging nature of baseball in Arlington. No team can expect to this many legit contributors without missing a beat.

Can a team best known for hot starts and fades down the stretch manage to turn this negative into a positive? If they use the injuries as rest periods and build toward the end of the season, they could be fine. Just don't let Mariners, Angels, and A's slip out of sight.