Teagarden called up in place of Treanor

Teagarden called up in place of Treanor

ARLINGTON -- Catcher Taylor Teagarden is happy to be back with the big league club.

Teagarden was called up from Double-A Frisco on Saturday to replace the injured Matt Treanor, who went on the disabled list with a strained right PCL he suffered on Friday against the Angels.

"Being down in Double-A and the team doing as well as they have up here, it's not easy for me to think about coming up here anytime soon," Teagarden said. "With an injury like that, anything can happen. I'm just grateful to be here...anything I can do I'll be ready."

And while Treanor rehabs on the 15-day disabled list, Teagarden said he's willing to do whatever it takes to keep the Rangers on the right track.

"It feels good," Teagarden said. "With Treanor getting nicked up, I'm helping to fill in right now. I talked to [manager Ron] Washington and he laid it all out for me. This team is winning ball games. Everyone is leaving it all out there. So I'm just doing whatever they ask of me and I am to leave it all out on the field."

According to Washington, it was Teagarden's defense and throwing ability that made him the best candidate ahead of Triple-A catchers Max Ramirez and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

"We had a crowd in here last night [discussing who to call up]," Washington said. "And it was overwhelming. It was the defense. Of all the guys we had, he was the best one defensively."