ARLINGTON -- The Rangers added flexibility to their offense Wednesday, recalling catcher Taylor Teagarden and, in turn, freeing up Mike Napoli to get more time at designated hitter. The Rangers also recalled right-hander Brett Tomko, placing right-handed reliever Mason Tobin on the 60-day disabled list and optioning left-handed reliever Michael Kirkman to Triple-A Round Rock. The Rangers had been handcuffed since trading catcher Matt Treanor during Spring Training, but Teagarden's arrival should cure that. Manager Ron Washington had to deal with the concern of losing his designated hitter if Napoli was the DH and Yorvit Torrealba was injured catching during a game.
Torrealba will remain as the primary catcher, and Washington said Napoli will catch more often than Teagarden. The 27-year-old Teagarden has spent parts of the past three seasons with the Rangers. In 104 big league games, he's fashioned a .218 average with 16 homers and 47 RBIs. He was 7-for-18 (.389) with two homers and four RBIs in six games with Round Rock. "I really have played well defensively since the spring and I've been getting some knocks," Teagarden said.