The injuries continue to pile up for the Texas Rangers this spring.
A day after losing second baseman Jurickson Profar for at least 10 weeks, the Rangers discovered they will also be without catcher Geovany Soto for at least 10 weeks. Soto has a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee and will undergo surgery on Wednesday.
“It’s really unfortunate,” Soto said. “I feel devastated but it’s something I can’t control.”
General manager Jon Daniels said the team will look internally to fill the void. J.P. Arencibia is expected to become the everyday catcher and Robinson Chirinos will be the backup. The team will explore options to add more depth.
“You can’t sugarcoat it, it was a tough day from the medical side,” Daniels said. “But it’s an opportunity for somebody else in each case. We’re going to look to fortify our depth and see where we go from here.”
Daniels also addressed the hole at second base, saying prospect Rougned Odor would not be the replacement. The Rangers are going to give Kensuke Tanaka a chance, as he’s in today’s starting lineup at second base.
The Rangers also lost outfielder Engel Beltre, who has a fracture in his right tibia. He will begin the season on the disabled list.