Back from DL, Treanor gets start at catcher

Back from DL, Treanor gets start at catcher

ARLINGTON -- Matt Treanor came off the disabled list on Monday. He also went right back into the lineup and was the Rangers' starting catcher against the Twins on Monday night.

Manager Ron Washington said Treanor will share the position with Bengie Molina. Washington's preferred method is to use Molina for three straight games and Treanor for two straight, but there will be some variations from that routine.

The main idea is to keep them both engaged, although Molina remains the Rangers' No. 1 catcher.

"Both will be at their best if they are rested," Washington said. "We'll give them their games, but we'll also take care of them."

Treanor replaces Taylor Teagarden, who hit .241 with four home runs and six RBIs in 11 games since being recalled from Double-A Frisco. The Rangers liked what they saw from Teagarden, especially on defense, but Washington said there was no doubt about making the move once Treanor was ready.

"Teagarden came up when Treanor went down," Washington said. "I agree he came up a totally different guy and showed what everybody said Teagarden could do. We were certainly pleased with what he can do and what he has done.

"But Matt Treanor is back. If Matt Treanor doesn't get hurt, you wouldn't have seen Taylor Teagarden. But you can't take away what he did. Teagarden did a great job."

Teagarden, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia having been traded to the Red Sox, was sent to Triple-A Oklahoma City rather than Frisco.