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Rangers lose Geovany Soto for three months

Mar 24, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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The bad news keeps coming for the Rangers, who announced yesterday that infielder Jurickson Profar will be out for 10-12 weeks with a torn shoulder muscle and have now lost catcher Geovany Soto for 10-12 weeks with a torn lateral meniscus in his knee.

Soto will undergo surgery, likely leaving J.P. Arencibia as the starting catcher and Robinson Chirinos as his backup. Arencibia was the Blue Jays’ starting catcher for the past three seasons, averaging 123 games and 452 plate appearances per year, so durability-wise he can certainly step into a bigger role.

However, aside from 20-homer power Arencibia has been an awful player, hitting .214 with an abysmal .260 on-base percentage and .670 OPS while throwing out just 25 percent of steal attempts. Chirinos is a 30-year-old journeyman with a modest Triple-A track record, but he has had a very good spring training. Texas could look for some catching help on the waiver wire.

  1. beefytrout - Mar 24, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Gonna be a tense first month for Rangers fans.

    • sportsfan18 - Mar 24, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      First month? I had them winning the division, but not anymore. I feel sorry for their fans and baseball fans in general.

      I like to see the best players. I think we all do.

      The Rangers have suffered a lot and the season has NOT even begun…

      Their pitching is suspect to me and now their lineup and defense is taking hits…

      Their only saving grace is that the MLB season is a LONG one… so they are not out of it yet…

      • beefytrout - Mar 24, 2014 at 1:56 PM

        I say “first month” because it’s assumed that Matt Harrison should make it back into the rotation before April is over, and Soto wasn’t expected to be a huge part of the offense.

        If the Rangers can stay competitive throughout the first half, they (theoretically) should be at full strength for the second half.

  2. themanytoolsofignorance - Mar 24, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    J.P. Arencibia? Who? The Toronto catcher? He was awful last season. Big bat when he hit the ball but I think I could hit as much him for average. And now he figures to be the everyday catcher for the rangers? Oy vey. People, I think we have an example of “failing upwards”

  3. largebill - Mar 24, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    These injuries that teams are suffering as we head towards opening day make me wonder if Vegas is reassessing pre-season futures odds. Detroit and Texas have not had a great spring training, but haven’t seen it affect anyone’s predictions.

  4. plummer2512 - Mar 24, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    They should inquire about Lavarnway from the Sox. Not a great defensive catcher but the guy can hit.

  5. zdravit - Mar 24, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Bengie Molina is ready to go.

  6. acepicker4 - Mar 24, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    J.P. will make their pitching even more suspect than it was. Unless he learned a lot in the off season. But don’t criticize him or he will get pouty. Good guy who does good things in the community though. As long as you don’t mind that he is a crappy player.

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