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Molina to get most of Texas' catching time

Molina to get most of Texas' catching time

ARLINGTON -- Rangers catcher Bengie Molina will continue to take the majority of the workload until the new rotation can be set.

Manager Ron Washington had been using Molina every three games and then Matt Treanor for two. But once Treanor went on the disabled list Saturday with a strained right PCL, the Rangers had to call up Taylor Teagarden from Double-A Frisco.

"Molina is going to be getting most of the time. Teagarden is the backup. Bottom line," Washington said. "Because of what happened, Matt Treanor was supposed to get Friday and yesterday. Molina is pushed into action without having a day off."

Treanor was supposed to catch Friday and Saturday against the Angels, but could only catch the first seven innings on Friday until his injury. Molina replaced him and finished that game before catching all of Saturday's 6-2 loss.

But with the Rangers having an off-day before the Athletics come to town, Washington wanted to stick with Molina for the finale against the Angels.

"I don't want to give him too many days off, so that's why I'm catching him today and the next day until we get back in sequence so I can go 3-2 or 4-2," Washington said.

Teagarden will start in the finale against the Athletics on Thursday and also catch the finale of the Rangers' series in Anaheim on Aug. 1.

But Washington also knows that as the postseason nears in the coming months, Molina might become the everyday catcher without the service of a backup.

"No doubt," Washington said. "At some point, it might end up being Bengie Molina as we move down the stretch."

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