Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Taylor Teagarden, the two catchers on the Rangers' Opening Day roster earlier this month, are now members of the Oklahoma City RedHawks. Saltalamacchia has been reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and optioned to Triple A, and Teagarden has also been optioned. Max Ramirez is taking his spot on the 25-man roster.
General manager Jon Daniels said that Saltalamacchia could be in the minors as few as 10 days, the minimum for an optioned player barring another DL move on the big-league roster. Daniels said he wants Saltalamacchia, who was on rehab assignment in OKC, to play consistently and show that he is healthy over a long stretch.
Saltalamacchia will be the primary catcher over Teagarden, who is hitting .037. This move is hardly a shocker, but the thought all along was that it would be to free up a roster spot for Saltalamacchia. Instead, the Rangers have two major-league catchers in the minor leagues.
Matt Treanor will be the Rangers' primary catcher. Ramirez became the choice because his defense has improved and, said Daniels, the .265 Triple A hitter with no home runs and four RBIs provides a quality at-bat. Ramirez has a .345 on-base percentage.
-- Jeff Wilson