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Treanor, Ramirez set as backstops

ARLINGTON -- When the Rangers talk about being back at full strength offensively, that includes Matt Treanor and Max Ramirez at catcher. They are considered the Rangers' two catchers.

"They've been doing a great job," manager Ron Washington said.

The Rangers are not sitting around waiting for Jarrod Saltalamacchia's return to be at full strength. He is at Triple-A Oklahoma City, and there are no plans to bring him back anytime soon.

"He's still trying to get it together," Washington said. "Like anything else, if Salty gets back here, it's because he forced us to bring him back. Am I sitting here worried about that? The two guys here are doing a good job. Nobody has forgotten about Salty. We all know what Salty can bring to the table."

Taylor Teagarden, who started the season as the Rangers backup catcher before being optioned to Oklahoma City, was sent to Double-A Frisco earlier this week. Kevin Richardson was promoted to Triple-A.

Treanor was back at catcher on Thursday, the day after Ramirez had three hits and again worked well with pitcher Derek Holland in a 10-1 victory over the Athletics. Ramirez hit one of the Rangers' five home runs, the first time he has gone deep in the Majors since July 10, 2008.

"What I really wanted to see him do is get Holland through the ballgame," Washington said. "It was just a matter of time before he started swinging the bat. He's doing a very good job. You've got to give Max a lot of credit, he's worked awfully hard. He's been hanging out with the pitching staff learning what they do. He's come a long way with his catching."

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