Texas Rangers

June 30, 2014

Geovany Soto plans to start assignment this week

The catcher had knee surgery late in spring camp and hasn’t played this season.

BALTIMORE Geovany Soto will continue to work out this week with the Texas Rangers, and the catcher expects to begin a rehab assignment Friday.

Soto, who has missed all of the season with a late-spring knee injury that required surgery, will continue to catch bullpen sessions and do other baseball activities at Camden Yards as a final tune-up before joining Triple A Round Rock.

He continues to target July 18, the first game after the All-Star break, for his 2014 debut.

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

A final plan for Soto hasn’t been drawn up, but he expects to play 10 to 15 games for Round Rock and Double A Frisco during the Triple A All-Star break. He will start slow, catching five innings at first and getting time at designated hitter to accumulate at-bats.

One thing is for sure, at least in his mind: He expects to make a significant contribution. Since the Rangers banished J.P. Arencibia to Triple A, Robinson 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.

Soto, though, will be one of the Rangers’ two catchers once activated from the disabled list.

“My leg is strong,” Soto said. “I’ve had no setbacks. Everything has been great so far.”

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