Texas Rangers

July 22, 2014

Geovany Soto returns to disabled list

A strained right groin sacks the catcher only five days after 2014 debut.

If Geovany Soto were a gambling man, his bankroll would have hit zero Tuesday after being dealt another hand of lousy injury luck.

The catcher headed back to the disabled list with a strained right groin only five days after making his season debut because of a late-spring operation on his right knee and a lengthy recovery.

Soto also had surgery on he left foot early in camp.

“It’s frustrating,” Soto said. “All I can do is do whatever the doctors are telling me to do and work hard and come back. There are some things you can not control.”

Soto, who was injured Monday while trying to score on a sixth-inning single, becomes the Rangers’ 22nd DL usage of the season, the most in the majors. He hasn’t been told how long he will be out, though he’s hopeful it will be the minimum, and he will be examined Friday by Dr. Keith Meister.

Right-hander Nick Martinez came off the DL and took Soto’s spot on the active roster. Robinson Chirinos and Chris Gimenez return to their roles as the two primary catchers, with J.P. Arencibia “our catcher in an emergency,” manager Ron Washington said.

Gimenez will start Wednesday, resuming his duty as Yu Darvish’s personal catcher. Gimenez had been doing early work at third base with Washington before Soto was moved to the DL.

“Whatever I can do to stay around is what I’ll do,” Gimenez said. “Nobody is really focused on who’s what. We’re just trying to win some more games.”

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