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August 31, 2011

Rangers complete trades for Matt Treanor, Mike Gonzalez

Matt Treanor is headed back to Arlington and Mike Gonzalez has been added as a second left-hander in the bullpen after the Rangers completed two trades Wednesday afternoon, about nine hours before the 11 p.m. deadline to acquire players and have them eligible for the postseason.

To make room on the 40-man roster, right-hander Wilmer Font was recalled and placed on the 60-day disabled list and right-handed Tim Wood was designated for assignment. Wood had been picked up in a waiver-claim trade with Pittsburgh earlier in the month and was thought to be a possible September call-up.

Treanor, who was on the Royals' disabled list after suffering a concussion, gives the Rangers a third proven veteran catcher for the stretch run and possibly the playoffs. He has not played in a big-league game this month.

His addition gives manager Ron Washington enough flexibility to play Mike Napoli and Yorvit Torrealba in the same lineup, especially against left-handed pitching while Nelson Cruz is out. Treanor spent all but two games with the Rangers last season and was paired with Bengie Molina behind the plate in the playoffs.

Gonzalez, who was born in Corpus Christi and lives in Robstown, has held left-handed batters to a .211 average (19 for 90) this season. Lefties have a career .212 average (96 for 452) against him.

-- Jeff Wilson 

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