Torrealba returns to Rangers' lineup

Torrealba returns to Rangers' lineup

Torrealba returns to Rangers' lineup
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Catcher Yorvit Torrealba returned to the lineup against the D-backs on Saturday after missing two scheduled starts with back stiffness.

Torrealba went 0-for-2 and threw out one of three attempted base stealers. But more importantly, the catcher said his back felt great after the game.

"Honestly, I don't feel anything up there," Torrealba said. "My back didn't bother me at all."

Saturday marked just the second start of the spring for Torrealba, who signed a two-year deal with the Rangers over the offseason.

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"It's good to get him some repetition," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I've only seen him once."

Torrealba, 31, batted .271 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs in 95 games last season with the Padres, and is a career .257 hitter over parts of 10 big league seasons. But Washington said the club added Torrealba for his work behind the plate, and not his production at the plate.

"He works well with pitchers," Washington said. "Defense and working with the pitchers is first, and then everything else falls into that. And that, to me, is what a catcher is."