The Texas Rangers will finally have their primary catcher back today. According to reports, Geovany Soto is set to be removed the disabled list and placed on the 25-man roster today.
They won’t have to make roster move for Soto since they’ll be using the open spot from the Jason Frasor trade. Soto has been rehabbing with the Round Rock Express (AAA) and Frisco Rough Riders (AA).
He didn’t do so well with the Express over his 5 games. Over 5 games/16 at-bats he didn’t manage to get a hit. But, once he was transferred to the Rough Riders he’s done a lot better. Over 6 games/ 19 at-bats he has a batting average of .368 with 2 doubles and 1 RBI.
There has been some questions what will happen with Soto after his recent drug bust last week. Currently that matter is between MLB and the Texas Rangers. It falls under the drugs of abuse section and not the performance drugs section.
Since it isn’t under the performance drugs section, it is doubtful he’ll be suspended. It seems like MLB prefers treatment over punishment for these types of incidents.
After his arrest, Geovany Soto released a statement:
“I am embarrassed and would like to apologize to my family, the Rangers organization and our fans that I was taken in on this charge,” (Gerry Fraley – Dallas News)
Geovany Soto and Robinson Chirinos both will now take on a majority of the catcher responsibilities. No word yet what will happen to Chris Gimenez, but if he stays on with the Texas Rangers then he’ll probably get more time at first base, which could mean the Rangers release Carlos Pena.