Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Ailing Rangers lose starting catcher

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Rangers catcher Geovany Soto has a tear in his right knee that will sideline him for 10 to 12 weeks, another injury setback for Texas.

A day after Soto's knee locked up and forced him to leave a game against the Padres in the second inning, the Rangers said Monday he was out for a while. He is scheduled to have surgery Wednesday to repair torn cartilage.

On Sunday, the team said that second baseman Jurickson Profar would miss at least 10 weeks with a torn muscle in his right shoulder.

"We've lost two everyday players and there is no way to sugarcoat that," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "It is what it is. We'll look toward our depth and see where we go from here."

This will be Soto's second surgery this spring training. He had a procedure on his left foot Feb. 22 and had played in six exhibition games, going 4-for-12.

Soto hit .245 with a .328 on-base percentage and a .466 slugging percentage in 54 games with Texas last season.

"It's really unfortunate," Soto said. "I feel devastated, but it's something I can't control."

With Soto out, J.P. Arencibia and former Ray Robinson Chirinos are the top candidates to start.

"I haven't decided yet," manager Ron Washington said. "Right now I've got (Arencibia) and Chirinos."

Also, Rangers ace right-hander Yu Darvish is unlikely to make his opening day start because of a stiff neck, mlb.com reported. Daniels said Darvish should be able to avoid the disabled list.

TIGERS ADD SHORTSTOP: In need of a replacement for injured shortstop Jose Iglesias, the Tigers acquired Alex Gonzalez, 37, from the Orioles for infielder Steve Lombardozzi. Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski said Gonzalez could get the bulk of the playing time, sharing the position with Andrew Romine, who was acquired Friday from the Angels.

BROADCASTING: Former managers Ozzie Guillen and Eric Wedge are in the ESPN lineup this season for Baseball Tonight. ESPN also said that former pitcher Dallas Braden, who threw a perfect game against the Rays, is set to become a studio analyst for the nightly show.

BRAVES: Right-hander Aaron Harang, 35, agreed to a deal and will join a banged-up rotation. Right-hander Freddy Garcia was released.

INDIANS: Centerfielder Michael Bourn will start the season on the disabled list because of a tight left hamstring, though he could return within the first week. Bourn will go on the DL before the March 31 opener and can be made retroactive, which would sideline him for four games.

METS: Luis Natera, a Double-A hitting coach for the past seven seasons, was named assistant hitting coach.

TWINS: Right-handed reliever Matt Guerrier, 35, trying to come back from right elbow surgery, was given his unconditional release.

WHITE SOX: Left-hander Jose Quintana agreed to a $21 million, five-year contract that would increase to $26.5 million if he is eligible for salary arbitration after this season. Quintana, 25, had a 3.51 ERA and 164 strikeouts in 200 innings over 33 starts in his first full season in the majors.

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