Catching situation getting tenuous
Rangers' uncertainty with Saltalamacchia creates concern
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Geno Petralli, who caught for the Rangers for nine seasons, arrived in camp on Monday. Petralli, 50, is in camp for a week as a special instructor.He is not here as a candidate to be one of the Rangers' catchers. That part, the club has figured out. But there is much the Rangers don't know about their catching, and the situation only grew more unsettled when Jarrod Saltalamacchia was scratched from Sunday's game against the Padres because of muscle spasms on the left side of his neck and back. On Monday, the Rangers acquired veteran backup catcher Matt Treanor from the Brewers for infielder Ray Olmedo. Treanor joins Texas having been told he has a chance of being on the Opening Day roster. He has a March 30 "out" clause in his contract if he is not added to the Major League roster. "Basically, I'm going to be in the same boat over there as I [was at Brewers camp], competing for a job," Treanor said. "From what it sounds like, I have a good opportunity [to begin the season in the Majors]." According to scouts, Treanor, 34, is a strong defensive catcher with excellent makeup and a good reputation for working with a pitching staff. But he has never hit well enough to earn a full-time job in the Majors. He missed almost all of last season with a torn labrum in his right hip. He is here because the Rangers are clearly growing concerned about Saltalamacchia. Saltalamacchia, according to club officials, was starting to reassert himself as the Rangers' No. 1 catcher after missing five days because of a shoulder problem. Now, Taylor Teagarden will get a chance while Saltalamacchia is sidelined.
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