MINNEAPOLIS -- The Rangers have put catcher Mike Napoli on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle in his left ribcage and called up catcher Taylor Teagarden from Triple-A Round Rock. Napoli started developing soreness on Friday, when it was cold and wet at Target Field. He played first base on Friday and caught on Saturday. "I felt it more with every at-bat and every swing," Napoli said. "I thought I could play through it. I'm always sore catching."
Napoli might have been able to play after a few days' rest, but the Rangers don't want the injury to worsen. They are hoping he will be sidelined for the minimum 15 days or return shortly thereafter. "The risk of exacerbating the injury is not worth the reward of waiting," assistant general manager Thad Levine said. Teagarden has played three games with the Rangers this season over two previous callups and is a career .216 hitter over parts of four seasons in the Major Leagues. He was hitting .326 with three home runs and nine RBIs in 24 games with Round Rock. "The report is that he's swinging the bat well in Triple-A," manager Ron Washington said. Yorvit Torrealba, who was behind the plate on Sunday against the Twins, will likely catch three or four games in a row, then Teagarden will get a chance. "I want to keep Teagarden engaged," Washington said. "He's not here to sit around."